Deondre Clark scouting report: Elite 2014 defensive end

Deondre Clark - Courtesy of Tom Hauck for Student Sports

One of the top players in Oklahoma has his eye on the SEC.

Name: Deondre Clark

School and hometown: Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Position: Defensive end

Height and weight: 6'3 and 240 pounds

Ratings: A consensus four-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings and the No. 79 player in the country by those same rankings. Clark is also considered the No. 2 player in Oklahoma and the No. 7 strong-side defensive end.

Offers: Clark holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, and Washington State.

Highlights: Hudl

Scouting Report:

Clark is a two-way prospect in high school who simply dominates his level of competition in high school, having racked up 40 sacks in the last two seasons, including 22 last year, along with 30 tackles for loss in 2012.

Against the run, Clark can at times get displacement against his opponent simply due to his leverage off the ball and shooting his hands into the chest of the offensive lineman. On other plays, he can stack and then separate to make plays, as well as pursue plays down the line of scrimmage, showing off his motor.

As a pass-rusher, Clark makes plays from inside the tackle by slicing through gaps to attack the quarterback and also has some skill as a bull-rusher, though he mostly displaces and then separates reasonably quickly in those situations rather than pushing a tackle all the way back into the quarterback.

Aside from something of a swim move when penetrating from a five-tech position, Clark doesn't show a lot of moves in his pass-rushing arsenal during the season, so he may need some time develop them in college. However, he can also get off so fast as an edge rusher that opposing tackles have a difficult time getting their hands on him.

As a tackler, Clark can get a little bit low sometimes, but more often than not provides strong hits on the quarterback when he arrives, finishing those plays with his core strength.

However, in terms of overall athleticism, Clark has the first step and quickness of a weak-side defensive end in a strong-side defensive end frame that should eventually hold 260 pounds in college and it is that athleticism and toughness against the run that makes him such a highly-considered prospect.

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