December 4, 2007

Clement getting busy

One of the top players in the State of Louisiana is home from his first official visit.

He is also excited to see that the LSU Tigers are set to play for the National Championship pretty much in his own backyard.

E.D. White defensive end Chase Clement is a four-star prospect according to the latest rankings. The 6-5, 241-pound Clement is rated as the nation's fifth-best strongside defensive end and the 100th-best overall player in the country.

"It's great to see the Tigers playing for a National Championship," Clement said. "I was so happy when I found out the news. The biggest college in the state is representing the State of Louisiana in the National Championship game. It's a great thing.

"Saturday was a wild day. Tennessee seemed like they kind of gave the game to LSU. It was a hard fought game, but a couple of mistakes on Tennessee's part really cost them, especially towards the end of the game."

Fully aware of the rumors surrounding LSU Head Coach Les Miles, Clement said that the status of the Tiger head man really would not have as big of an impact on his decision as many would think.

"To be honest it really does not bother me that much," Clement said. "In my opinion you are committing to a school, not a coach. You don't know how long a coach is going to be at a school. I think you commit to a school and you commit to the players at that school. That is the best decision you should make.

"Coach Miles' status at LSU has never really come up in our discussions that we have. I am committing to a school and not to a coach because you do not know how long a coach is going to stay. Being a coach is a job and it is easy to leave and go to a school where you get paid more money. I am committing to a school, not a coach. Yes the coach will have some effect, but it is not going to bring me down in terms of my opinion towards a particular school."

With only a pair of All-Star prep game remaining in his high school career, Clement said his attention is completely focused on gathering the right information to make the all-important college decision.

"Pretty much," Clement said. "That is where my focus is right now. I am starting the slow process of setting up visits and seeing how everything is going to fall into place. I just returned from my official visit to Tulane and I actually had a very enjoyable time. I was thinking about making my official visit to LSU this weekend, but I want to make the LHSAA State Championship games in the Superdome this weekend. I am probably going to have to push it back to January.

"In terms of in-home visits, Coach Miles was actually going to be making his trip Monday but he called me and told me he is going to have to reschedule because he went to an awards show with Glenn Dorsey. (Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban) said he is coming on his visit sometime next week."

With no outright favorite, Clement said he is starting to get closer to narrowing things down

"No particular order LSU, Tulane and Alabama," Clement said. "No one more than the other."

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