One of the nation’s premier linebackers left LSU’s “Boys From The Boot” junior camp event without an offer from the in-state Tigers.
Three-star prospect Josh Clarke was unfazed.
Clarke, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound product of Riverdale High School (New Orleans), told SEC Country that he expected to leave with an offer in hand.
LSU did not extend an offer his way, but Clarke believes it will come eventually.
“No offers make me feel no way honestly,” Clarke said. “It doesn’t turn me off from them, but believe me, it’s making me more hungry that my home state hasn’t offered me. Guys in 2018 are getting them (offers) first, and it’s fine, but trust me it has made me more hungry that I’m going to ball harder to where they (LSU) has no choice but to offer.
“I’ll show them how great I am and how great I will be in the future. I’m always hungry when you know you’re at the top, but not being recognized as that pushes you and makes you more hungry. I’m coming out on top no matter who’s out there. That’s just my competitive spirit — to be better than the next guy.”
Clarke, who has reported 12 offers, including UGA, Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss, spent much of Saturday’s junior event speaking with LSU’s newest coach, Jabbar Juluke.
The New Orleans native expects his relationship with the Tigers’ running backs coach to flourish, with him and other local prospects.
“I think LSU did a great job picking him,” Clarke said. “He will have a big impact on the 2017 recruiting class, and he’s straightforward guy, and I like that.”
Clarke is Louisiana’s No. 18 prospect and the No. 32 outside linebacker in the nation.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.