Saturday, January 12, 2013
Son of ex-LSU star commits
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU picked up its second commitment on Saturday -- also its second on the ESPN Watch List -- and it came from a familiar name.
For longtime LSU fans, the name Tommy Clapp means something. In the 1980s, he was known as one of the meanest and best defensive tackles to come through LSU.
There will be another Clapp joining the Tigers in 2014.
Will Clapp, Tommy's son who is a 2014 offensive lineman on ESPN's Watch List, committed to LSU during the school's "Boys from the Boot" junior day.
"I was thinking about committing [to LSU]," he said. "And today just pushed it over the top."
He became LSU's fourth 2014 commitment and the second of the day after tight end Jacory Washington of Westlake, La. committed earlier.
Clapp, who was recruited to LSU by offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa, said he gave serious thought to Alabama as well, but the idea of playing "in front of my family and friends and for the school my dad played for was huge."
At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, Clapp has size that recalls his father and said he learned the game from "my teammates and my dad." He has the length to play outside at tackle and the body type to play inside at guard and said he is fine with the idea of playing either position.
"Coach 'Stud' didn't really talk about what position I'd play," he said. "I'm good with either."
Clapp was one of two major prospects on the 2012 offensive line for Brother Martin, a traditional New Orleans power. Center Ryan Hoefeld is a 2013 commit to Florida State. Brother Martin will move from Class 4A to Class 5A next season, where it will rejoin the tradition-rich "Catholic League," a district comprised of New Orleans' large and historic Catholic High Schools.
The league was dismantled after some members, including St. Augustine and Holy Cross, lost enrollment and dropped to lower classifications. They'll all be back together next season.
It'll be one of the best leagues in the state, led by defending 5A state champion Rummel.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "Being able to play in the Catholic League, against the likes of [Leonard] Fournette at St. Augustine, will be great," he said.
Clapp will be able to take part in that tradition-rich league next season, then try to add to his family's LSU legacy in 2014.