LSU LB commit impressed by Florida Gators defense

The Florida Gators had the opportunity on Saturday to host many recruits for a big game like LSU including several prospects committed to other schools.

One of the prospects in the Swamp on Saturday was LSU linebacker commit Damone Clark (6-3, 218, Baton Rouge, LA. Southern Lab) who got to see his first game in Gainesville on Saturday.

“This was my second time coming to Florida and my first time coming to a game,” Clark said of the visit on Saturday. “I really liked it today [Saturday], the energy was really fulfilling today [Saturday] and I really enjoyed myself.”

Clark came into the game expecting a defensive game and that’s exactly what he got on Saturday.

“It was a really good game,” he said. “I didn’t really expect a high scoring game so the low scoring game was expected.”

The linebacker spoke to several coaches on Saturday and they all had one simple message for him.

“That they need me,” Clark said on Florida’s message to him. “That they don’t have depth at linebacker and I could possibly could come in and play right away.”

Clark paid close attention to defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and the Gators defense and he was impressed by how Florida played.

“I tip my hat off to Coach Shannon, I see he’s a really good coach,” he said of Randy Shannon’s defense. “I saw that a lot of young guys were playing not just [Vosean] Joseph.”

Linebacker coach Tim Skipper a Louisiana native himself is one of the coaches recruiting Clark hard to Florida.

“I talk to Coach Skip, Coach [Brad] Davis and there’s a couple of them that I talk too,” Clark said of the coaches he talks to from Florida. “They’re really good people both on and off the field. They have the same personality and that’s one thing that I like about them.”

The Gators have impressed Clark enough so far that they will likely get an official visit as the linebacker has recruiting on hold during his season.

“I really don’t know right now, because we’re in the midst of football season,” he said on where Florida is standing for him. “I don’t really think too much about it but after football season I will think about it. I still have official visits to come up. I know Florida is one of the official visits that I will take.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Clark has been looking at Florida since the summer time and the Gators and Texas are both expected to get official visits from him. Right now LSU is going to be tough to beat for the linebacker but the Gators are working.

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.