Tommy Clapp participated in his third LSU move-in day Friday.
Matt Clapp, Tommy's third-oldest son, is walking onto the football team to join brother Will, a two-year starting guard for the Tigers who is expected to start at center in 2017.
Tommy, a four-year starter on LSU’s defensive line in the 1980s, and Will moved Matt into the West Campus Apartments with the other 2017 signees Friday.
Tommy moved into Broussard Hall in 1984.
“That was many many moons ago,” he said smiling Friday.
Coaches plan to use Matt at the new F-back role, a moving fullback most similar to an H-back in a spread offense. Matt was an all-district defensive tackle for Brother Martin and rebuffed offers to play small college football to walk on in Baton Rouge.
“Most kids when they would be recruited would come home and show the letters they got. Never. He just tossed them,” Tommy said. “He wasn’t interested in that. He never got big-time looks from the bigger schools, but he had a lot of smaller schools that were interested in talking. He just (said), ‘Dad, I didn’t want to play small college football.’”
Myles Brennan spent dozens of weekends on LSU’s campus over the last year.
Ingram focused on shoulder rehab
While most of LSU’s signing class will spend the summer working out in the weight room, Ed Ingram will be running.
That’s all he can do.
Ingram, an offensive line signee from Texas, tore his rotator cuff in his left shoulder during his senior season and will spend the summer recovering from surgery that repaired the tear. He’ll have two full months of rehabilitation before, he hopes, to be full strength by preseason camp.
“It sucks,” he said Friday. “I know I’ve got to keep conditioning. Just run.”
The 6-foot-4 Ingram, a guard in high school who expects to play that position here, is 340 pounds, about 15 pounds heavier than coaches want him. He hopes to lose the weight by running over the summer.
He’s another product from Desoto High in Desoto, Texas, a Dallas suburb, joining, most recently, defensive back Jalen Mills and offensive lineman Evan Washington.
“Evan Washington promoted me to go here,” Ingram said. “He didn’t tell me nothing but just the fact he went here, made me want to go.”
LSU is losing cornerback Saivion Smith.