"Coach (Chris) Beatty and Coach (Brent) Pry recruited me hard and I felt comfortable with Vanderbilt," said Declouet. "I'm going up there on the 17th and 18th of this month with my head coach (Tommy Minton).
"Coach Minton was happy about my decision. I had already talked about it with him and my mom. I made up my mind awhile before I committed, but I was waiting for the right moment."
Declouet has already forged a bond with current Commodores and fellow recruits.
Declouet's former teammate, RB Kenny Hilliard, is now at LSU. Current teammate, four-star LB Lorenzo Phillips, is committed to Florida, and three-star CB/WR Trevon Stewart could eventually land with a Southeastern Conference school, too.
"We always talked about playing in the SEC," said Declouet. "I'm ready for this year. My goal is to get a ring, to win state. We've been working hard. I actually just came from a workout. I'm just ready."
Last year, Patterson reached the Class 3A finals, where they dropped a narrow decision to Parkview Baptist.
Declouet made the big play in the Lumberjacks' semifinal comeback win over West Feliciana, hauling in a bomb in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
"We had the momentum (after West Feliciana fumbled the ball away on the preceding play)," explained Declouet. "We took a shot and made it. I never thought the game was over when they had the lead, because West Feliciana had never been in that type of situation (deep in the playoffs)."
As a junior, Declouet accumulated more than 1,200 yards receiving on 60 catches with 16 touchdoowns.