Clapp details ‘Bama visit

William Clapp

William Clapp is one of the few underclassmen that have an offer from both Alabama and LSU, and he was able to take in a game at each school already this season – most recently in Tuscaloosa last Saturday. The trip featured the Tide playing against his most recent offering school, upset-charged Texas A&M. Find out how it went inside.

"It was a great atmosphere, my mom and I and a friend of mine went," said William Clapp of Alabama.

The class of 2014 standout from New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin saw the Crimson Tide's practice facility soon after arriving in Tuscaloosa. He then sat down with several members of the coaching staff.

"I sat down with coach [Burton] Burns for a while and talked to him," said the three-star offensive lineman. "He's from New Orleans, so we have a lot of stuff in common. It's always nice to talk to him."

Next up was a trip to Nick Saban's office.

"I had a meeting with him, and he had plenty of points to hit on," said Clapp before the game. "He told me about the game plan and what they needed to do to be successful, it was a great meeting."

After sharing a laugh with strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, the junior got the chance to talk about his position group with Jeff Stouland, UA's offensive line coach.

"We talked for 15 minutes in the hallway, just walking about the offensive line and how everything is going with them right now," said Clapp, who spent most of his day tracking a particular offensive lineman's play. "I was watching D.J. Fluker for most of the game. The thing about him is that he makes his kick-step look effortless.

"He gets back so easily and can swallow defensive ends up, he's just a freak of nature with how big he is and how he does that so well. "

After watching the loss to Texas A&M, who recently offered Clapp, he got to spend more time with the coaches - even meeting members of their families despite the disappointment of the loss.

"It was really family oriented, so I got to meet with a lot of them," Clapp added.

Amid the thousands of people that packed into Bryant-Denney Stadium Saturday, the Pelican State native even found a familiar face.

"I met Jacory Washington, he was a real nice guy," said Clapp of Washington, another top 2014 recruit from Louisiana. "We didn't really talk about the whole recruiting process very much; we talked about our football playoffs."

The two are part of the select few that can say they have offers from both Alabama and home-state power LSU.

"It's definitely an honor, they both like to run the ball," Clapp admitted. "I'm looking for a team that can run the ball effectively, so that's great."

Clapp was also able to talk to current Alabama commits on his unofficial visit, and that part of him was the most memorable.

"To get to talk to a bunch of the commits stood out," he said. "The guys they have coming in are real quality guys. [Bradley] Bozeman was there and I talked to (five-star running back pledge) Derrick Henry for a while – he's a real nice guy. He told me they were going to hit me up on Facebook to keep in contact.

"I had a great time, I couldn't really ask for anything else after that game."

Clapp is not planning on making a final decision any time soon.

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