The 'Boys from the Boot' hosted by the LSU staff this weekend features the elite current juniors who are expected to represent the cream of the crop for the 2014 recruiting class.
The weekend has produced two stars pledge for the '14 class.
Brother Martin OT William Clapp plans to follow in his father's footsteps to become a Bengal Tiger. The 6-foot-5, 270 pounder pledged to LSU. William's father Tommy Clapp, another Brother Martin product, was a lineman for the Tigers in the 1980's.
Clapp arrived at the Boys from the Boot in Tigertown today with no intention of making a decision on his future until sometime this summer, but emotions took over when he chose LSU over Alabama.
"I've been teetering back and forth. Both schools recruited me really hard. It was a tough decision," Clapp explained. "There is a weight off of my shoulders now. It's where I wanted to go since I was a kid."
Graduating LSU center P.J. Lonergan spent about 30 minutes with Clapp and played a major role in the process this weekend as an ambassador for the school. It helped confirm what the younger Clapp's family had reminded him of throughout the recruitment.
"Just like my dad had told me, P.J. said that if I planned to make my home in Louisiana, I should play my football here."
William's dad served as a defensive tackle on four bowl teams from 1984-87, including the 1986 SEC Champions under coach Bill Arnsparger. "I'm ecstatic," the elder Clapp said. "It also a weight off of my shoulders. The longer the process went, the harder and harder it became. He wanted to get it over with."
Relief was not restricted to father and son. "(My wife) Heather and my mother-in-law cried; my dad and I hugged. It was great," Tommy noted.
Corey Raymond, LSU defensive backs coach, was a teammate for the elder Clapp. Football (administrator) Sam Nader was also at LSU during Tommy's time there.
In the end, William Clapp made the tough call of choosing between Nick Saban and Les Miles. LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, another New Orleans native, also helped turn the tables toward the Tigers.
"Both told me that they wanted me and needed me for the 2014 class," said William, "Frank didn't pressure me. He did tell me that he wanted me to be a leader of that class. People love LSU football. I felt a strong pull. Now I'm apart of it."
Westlake TE Jacory Washington (6-5-215) also decided to give his commitment to Miles over offers from Alabama, UCLA, Texas A&M, ULL, Arkansas, Houston, Indiana, Illinois, Houston and Vanderbilt.
Tigers wide receivers coach Adam Henry was responsible for his recruitment. He becomes the third commitment for LSU for 2014, all four-star rated players.
Ken Trahan also reports that LSU offered 2014 LB Kenny Young from John Curtis.
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