Tommy Clapp just wanted his son, William, to be happy. He told Will Clapp to visit however many school he wanted.
Don’t just settle on dad’s old stomping grounds. Will didn’t listen.
“This place was the one from the moment they offered me,” said Will Clapp, a member of LSU’s No. 2-ranked signing class and the son of Tommy, an LSU defensive tackle from 1984-87.
Clapp, a four-star offensive guard from New Orleans, is in the process of learning a thick playbook. He’s been moved to center, a position that comes with added responsibility.
“I’m learning how to make all the calls and identify all the fronts,” Clapp said. “At center, everything starts with you, so I’m trying to get all that stuff down.”
Clapp could be considered the heir apparent at the position. Elliott Porter is a senior, and Ethan Pocic, the No. 2 to Porter, is a guy who could be moved to his more natural position of left tackle. Left tackle La’el Collins is a senior.
Clapp isn’t sure if he’ll redshirt.
Clapp was ranked in the top 15 of players nationally at his position. He was offered by Alabama, the only other school he visited outside of LSU. It was an unofficial visit and never meant much.
“I mean, I want to create my own legacy, like my dad created his,” Clapp said. “I love playing for my dad’s alma mater, and knowing he played here as a redshirt freshman through his senior year. That’s something that I’m proud of — that I’m his son. But I want to create my own legacy, too.”
College football is beginning to sink in. It’s a lot different than his days at Brother Martin.
“From the first snap, you realize the stuff you did in high school — I mean, it’s not going to work anymore,” he said. “I mean, if you’re not completely focused on a snap, and you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, that guy’s going to make you look bad.”
Defensive end Danielle Hunter, a 6-foot-6, 241-pounder, might have the most-chiseled physique on the LSU football team.
Hunter told reporters earlier this summer that he has 4 percent body fat, which has earned him some interesting nicknames from his coaches and teammates. One of them is “Tarzan,” which was bestowed on him by defensive coordinator John Chavis.
“Chief (Chavis) calls me Tarzan. Some people call me Terminator. Some people refer to me as Robocop,” Hunter said, “so any of those are good. It’s an honor to be called Tarzan by Chief … that puts a smile on my face.”
Defensive tackle Greg Gilmore has yet another one for Hunter: Hercules.
“Hercules is my favorite because (Hunter) is really chiseled,” Gilmore said. “We have mannequins that look just like Danielle. I think he has the best nicknames on the team; no one’s beating him right now.”
Preseason all-SEC honors
LSU placed a conference-high 11 players on the 2014 preseason coaches all-SEC teams, the league announced Thursday.
Collins was the Tigers’ only first-team member. LSU placed six players on the second team: linebacker Kwon Alexander, left guard Vadal Alexander, kicker Colby Delahoussaye, running back Terrence Magee, safety Corey Thompson and cornerback Tre’Davious White.
Defensive ends Hunter and Jermauria Rasco, punter Jamie Keehn and cornerback Rashard Robinson earned spots on the third team.
Senior Bowl watch list
Five LSU players have landed on the Senior Bowl watch list.
Left tackle La’el Collins, defensive end Jermauria Rasco, center Elliott Porter and running back Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard make the list, which includes more than 350 names.
A player not on the initial list can be added to the watch list during the season and be invited to the 2015 game. There are 110 roster spots available.
The Senior Bowl, a postseason college all-star game played in Mobile, Alabama, is scheduled for Jan. 24. The Senior Bowl provides players a stage to show their skills for a bevy of NFL scouts.
LSU safety Craig Loston and linebacker Lamin Barrow were invited to the Senior Bowl last year.