The wait is on.
An LSU offer still eludes three-star outside linebacker Josh Clarke, but that doesn’t mean the coaching staff isn’t showing interest.
LSU running backs coach and New Orleans area recruiter Jabbar Juluke showed up at Riverdale High School to observe Clarke’s workout on Tuesday..
Juluke offered no shortage of praise to Clarke’s head coach, and has the highly sought-after linebacker strongly considering the in-state Tigers.
“It was great,” Clarke told SEC Country of the visit. “It was a nice visit, seeing him and knowing he came to see me lift and train. After I heard what he had been saying, it was nice to know that he felt that way about me. He thinks I can play for a long time and that my future is great, because I can see that as well.”
Juluke also mentioned that he envisions Clarke as a future NFL player..
The elite New Orleans defender reports 18 offers, including Arkansas, Florida, UGA, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
While LSU has yet to extend an offer to the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, there is definitely mutual interest keeping the in-state power in the mix for the three-star prospect.
“It’s great hearing that from him (Juluke), and it does have an impact,” Clarke said. “It feels nice, but an offer would impact a lot more because then I’ll have the option to go there. But it still feels great to know the amount of interest that they do have toward me.”
Clarke was scheduled to attend LSU’s spring game last Saturday, but traveling issues surfaced and kept the linebacker at home instead of Tiger Stadium.
Instead, Clarke settled for the next-best thing and tuned in to the game on TV, where he dissected first-year coordinator Dave Aranda’s defense and how he would fit into the new scheme.
“I watched the game and I like the Tigers’ new defense,” Clarke said. “There were a lot of freshmen playing big roles, and I like how the linebackers were used. They are used more and around the field now, and I like that.
“I think I will fit into any defensive style. Honestly, I’m hungry to be the best. I do it all, so I think I would be a great fit in Coach Aranda’s defense also.”
As Clarke continues to wait on the offer, he plans to carry on with business as usual.
The outside backer plans to release a top-10 list in the coming weeks, and LSU would have a chance to crack it should the school offer him.
If not, Clarke has an array of other options to consider.
“All I can do is what I’ve been doing — grinding and showing that I’m the best,” he said. “I do this for my family and because I love the game, so I’m going to be motivated no matter who offers or doesn’t offer.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.