While glancing at
Clark's proverbial football resume, there's plenty of impressive facts
and figures that jump off the page:
n A 6-foot-3, 295-pound frame
n A 365 bench press
n A 525 squat
n Member of a state champion squad at Collins
n Among the Top 50 players in Mississippi as
selected by The Clarion Ledger.
But ask the all-state defensive tackle what he wants to talk about most, and
it's his impressive speed that accompanies the size and brute strength.
"I'm a 4.9 guy," he said. "I've worked real hard to stay that way and still
be carrying this much weight. I want to keep my agility and speed. I think
that's what makes me special. I don't want to be one of those 5.0 guys
Clark's abilities have earned him attention from several of the nation's top
programs. He meticulously reads off a list of 19 schools currently recruiting
him "very hard."
Among those, he speaks highly of Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn, Alabama and
Southern Miss, but maintains he doesn't have any real favorites yet. "I want to
keep it open as long as I can," he said. "You never know who's going to be
He has official offers from Mississippi State and LSU. Not coincidentally, he
plans to camp at both Starkville and Baton Rouge this summer.
What's he looking for when it comes time for a final decision?
"The number one thing is I want to play for a big-time, national program," he
said. "Then I want to look at the graduation rates and the education (he
maintains a 3.0 GPA) you can get there along with the overall quality of the
football program. I also want to see who they've had at my position go pro out
of that school."
Clark recorded 45 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior at Collins.