Austin Clark looks like he could be one of the top players in Virginia's 2015 class. The offensive lineman from Lexington (Va.) Rockbridge has six offers including one SEC school and both instate schools.
"I think Virginia Tech has a great program," said the 6-foot-6, 282-pound Clark. "They've gone to a lot of Bowl games. They go to one almost every year. I know Caleb Farris because he went to my school and I've talked with him about Virginia Tech. I also really like Coach Grimes. He seems like a good guy and a good coach."
The Virginia Tech offer is Clark's sixth and most recent but the Virginia Cavaliers were the first to pull the trigger.
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"Virginia and Virginia Tech are both really great schools," he said. "I think Virginia is on the rise and Virginia Tech is more established. I like both a lot. It's hard to say which I like more. I live about an hour from Virginia Tech. It's not that far away. I'm a little closer to Charlottesville. I've been in contact with Virginia Tech for a long time so it doesn't really matter that they weren't the first to offer me."
The two instate offers are hardly the biggest schools to reserve a spot of their roster for Clark.
"I grew up a Tennessee fan," Clark said. "That was a school I always wanted an offer from. That's one of the main reasons I went to their camp this summer. I knew (current Tennessee commit) Coleman Thomas's name before I went to the camp and actually met him there. I know that we are around the same height and size. I haven't seen him play but if Tennessee is recruiting the both of us then I'm sure they see something they like"
"I always liked the Penn State football tradition," he said. "You always hear about them. I definitely wanted to go up there and see what it was like.
"Duke has really good academics and an experienced coaching staff," said Clark. "They are another place that I've thought I would really like.
"I didn't now a lot about North Carolina until I talked to Coach Bell," he said. "I got some information from him and I definitely want to visit some time soon, maybe go to a few games and learn more about North Carolina."
Plenty more offers will surely roll in for Clark and two SEC schools have been showing a lot of interest.
"I've gotten a lot of questionnaires and camp information from Georgia and Arkansas," Clark said. "I actually haven't had any contact with the coaches. I know it's hard because I'm going to be a junior this year and it's not September first yet."
Clark wants to have chosen a school before his senior season.