Ryan’s Sekou Clark signs with Vanderbilt

Ryan senior defensive end Sekou Clark flashes the "Anchors Down" symbol after he signed with the Southeastern Conference school on Wednesday morning. (Ben Baby/Denton Record-Chronicle)


Before last weekend, Ryan senior defensive end was committed to Louisiana-Monroe and planned on taking an official visit to Boise State before national signing day.

Then Vanderbilt came in and ruined all those plans.

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason talked Clark into a weekend trip to Nashville, Tenn. Before he headed back to Texas, Clark figured he wanted to spend the next few years as Commodore.

Clark signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday morning, finalizing his switch from ULM to Vanderbilt.

“I got out there and I loved it,” Clark said. “I loved Nashville, the whole town. The other recruits, I was feeling [it]. I liked the school.”

Clark (6-3, 245 pounds) rocked a beige three-piece suit on Wednesday morning as he posed for picture after picture in the Ryan fieldhouse. For most of his senior year, he didn’t pick up any offers besides the ones from ULM, Tulane and Washington State his junior year.

“About halfway through [the season], I realized I was never going to play high school football again,” Clark said. “That was it. I went out there and played my heart out. Everything else fell together.”

He committed to ULM a couple of weeks before signing day. Then as the time to sign the letter of intent approached, schools began asking about Clark. Boise State offered him and wanted him to come visit, but the defensive end couldn’t turn down Mason’s offer.

He switched quietly switched his commitment from the ULM to Vanderbilt.

“ULM has been with me from the jump,” Clark said. “I got real acquainted with the whole coaching staff and university. They’d been there for me. I got used to seeing myself in the ULM jersey. And Vanderbilt and hit me up, and I felt kind of bad.

“It’s a business. You’re not out here to make friends.”

If Clark is in need of friends, he won’t have any problems finding a few new acquaintances in Nashville, where the Ryan senior will spend the next few years.



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