Ole Miss has poached one of the top linebackers from LSU’s backyard.
Three-star outside linebacker Josh Clarke committed to Ole Miss on Monday night.
Clarke, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect from Riverdale High School (New Orleans), reported 27 offers. Louisiana’s No. 24 overall prospect in the Class of 2017 made his decision days removed from attending an Ole Miss camp in Oxford, Miss.
The Rebels landed the highly sought-after defender ahead of multiple SEC teams that have been courting him during the past few months. Clarke also held offers from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri and Tennessee.
The interesting twist here is that LSU, which needs depth at linebacker, has not extended an offer to the elite New Orleans prospect. However, Clarke remains on the Tigers’ linebacker wish list and could eventually land an offer during LSU’s prospect camps this summer.
LSU running backs coach and area recruiter Jabbar Juluke made several visits to Riverdale during the spring to check on Clarke and had nothing but high praise for the recruit.
The nation’s No. 36 outside linebacker was high on LSU earlier in the spring, though the wait for an offer did have a negative impact. Obviously, it allowed SEC West rival Ole Miss a chance to gain ground and secure a commitment.
Clarke’s pledge gives the Rebels six commitments for the Class of 2017. The team has landed two LSU targets in Louisiana natives Clark and defensive end Bryan Jones. Both were on the Tigers’ radar, but the in-state team will have its work cut out for them to pry them away from Ole Miss.
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.