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Monday, April 8, 2013
Watch List DE Clark in no rush to commit

By Bob Przybylo

ALLEN, Texas -- Some recruits have been all over the country and have taken visits to all their top schools. But ESPN Watch List defensive end Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass) isn't one of them.

Clark hasn't ventured far from Oklahoma this year, and that won't change anytime soon. But he definitely will look at schools outside the state.

Deondre Clark
ESPN Watch List defensive end Deondre Clark wants to play in the SEC.
“I really wanted to get my decision done before the start of my junior season, but it’s getting a lot harder now,” Clark said. “I think I’m just going to have to wait until the time is right.”

Of the schools he has seen, LSU is the favorite. Clark visited the campus last summer and has developed a good rapport with LSU coach Les Miles.

But these are the schools he still wants to see: USC, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. In other words, saying any school is a leader wouldn’t be accurate.

Clark is a top target for both of the in-state powers, too, as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were among the first schools to offer him last spring. But he has stayed consistent in saying that even though he likes OU and OSU, he doesn't want to go to school in state.

“With OSU and OU, I love both of those schools,” Clark said. “But I don’t want to stay in Oklahoma. I’ll go there for visits, but I don’t want to go school in the state.”

Clark went to junior days at both OU and OSU and is set to return to Norman, Okla., this weekend for OU’s spring game. That news has excited some OU fans, as last month Clark had said the Sooners were no longer in consideration.

Clark and his family had developed a great relationship with former OU defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp. When he was let go in February, the family soured on the Sooners. OU first-year defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery hasn’t relented, though, and has been able to get Clark to at least hear out OU one more time.

Clark had a monster junior season with 22 sacks and 99 tackles. His raw talent has brought him his strong list of offers. But events like last weekend’s Nike Football Training Combine are teaching him he still has a lot to learn.

“I’m definitely learning a lot,” Clark said. “I’m learning how much talent is out there and learning a lot about my technique. These camps are helping me a lot, and I’m picking up things. I’m picking up how to make my moves better and faster. I still have a lot of work to do.”