BATON ROUGE—Throughout his recruitment process Brother Martin offensive lineman William Clapp said it was LSU-Alabama, LSU-Alabama, LSU-Alabama.
Luckily for the Tiger fans, this time the purple and gold came out on top as Clapp formally committed to the Tigers Saturday afternoon at the annual Boys of the Boot on campus.
“Yes sir I just committed,” Clapp said. “I just had a great day with the coaches on campus. It just felt right and the right time. My dad played there (at LSU) and family is a very important thing to us. Getting to follow in his footsteps and playing like that at LSU is an awesome feeling. LSU is family. I get to play for my in-state school.”
The son of former LSU DE/LB Tommy Clapp who played for LSU from 1986-1987, 6-4, 270-pound offensive guard William Clapp said he told the news to several very excited LSU football assistant coaches in addition to Coach Miles himself.
“I was about to leave and Coach Frank Wilson and I had a sit down one-on-one. We started talking and I just told him that I wanted to commit now. He was really excited and (2014 running back) Leonard Fournette was a couple of rows in front of us and he said hopefully that I will be opening up holes for him starting in 2014. I said that would be awesome and Leonard just smiled. Then I went to the Football Operations Building and told Coach Studrawa. He let a big ‘Hot Dog’ out and gave me a big ole’ bear hug. Then I made my way up to Coach Miles’ office to tell him. He gave a big hug and said welcome to the family. My family was really excited and my grandma was crying. It was just a very happy day.”
Clapp is the fourth commitment of the 2014 class for LSU, joining Chris Hardeman, Devin Voorhies and Jacory Washington who committed Saturday afternoon as well.
“I had been thinking about making this decision for a while,” Clapp said. “I knew that I wanted to make this decision relatively soon. I am really big with family and had grown up with LSU in my blood. I mean I haven’t known anything except LSU football. My dad played here. I am supposed to play here. I just felt like it was the right time and the right place. Why not do it now? I know where I am suppose to go and made the decision known to everybody now.”
When it comes to the firmness of his commitment to the Tigers, Clapp left no doubt for the Tiger fans worried about if it may not be a strong commitment.
“It’s over man,” he said of his recruitment process. “I’m a Tiger 100-percent. It (commitment) is as firm as you can get it. I’m going to be a Tiger.”