Damone Clark is currently the longest-tenured commitment in LSU’s 2018 class. Clark was offered during the contact period at this time a year ago before he pulled the trigger on a commitment days later during an unofficial visit along with his parents.
Since then, the 4-star linebacker has remained solid despite a flurry of interest from several notable programs. He is fully expected to sign during the early signing period.
- Clark was committed to LSU prior to the start of his senior season. Before that, he was molded by the adversity in his life. Clark, who played for Southern Lab, is originally from New Orleans. He was displaced from the city’s West Bank as a child, the youngest of seven children. Clark was reminded of that storm when Baton Rouge flooded two years ago. That all plays a big role in the way Clark carries himself today .
- Clark played the “CAT” role for Southern Lab in 2017, a role vacated by former 4-star All-American Christopher Allen, who’s now at Alabama. Clark’s early success in the box, at defensive end and quarterbacking the defense — not to mention a 4.67 40 time and 4.2 GPA — led to offers from Michigan, Stanford, Florida and Texas, among others.
- The long-tenured LSU commit remained solid to the Tigers despite an influx of interest from several others schools. While his focus was on repeating as a Division IV state champion, Clark always remained in touch with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who spearheaded his recruitment.
At 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, Clark, a converted safety, brings a ton of athleticism to the linebacker position. During his senior season, Clark registered 86 tackles and 11 sacks. He stuck with LSU because of the opportunities to climb the depth chart in his hometown of Baton Rouge.
Devin White is expected to head to the NFL after his junior season in 2018, which will open up a starting spot for Clark to compete for. His ability to drop back into coverage and rush the passer could open the door for him the consider shifting to the F-linebacker role in Aranda’s defense, too.