Kansas State has stepped well outside of their geographical footprint and typical recruiting area with their latest verbal commitment.
The Wildcats have received a verbal pledge from Lamonte Clark, a 6-foot-4, 308-pound defensive tackle from Washington (D.C.) Ballou.
Prior to committing to Kansas State, Clark had received offers from Illinois and New Mexico. He said he had also been fielding heavy interest from Michigan State and some other programs.
Clark said some schools had liked him as an offensive guard based on the film they had evaluated, but Kansas State wants him to play defensive tackle. Clark sounds excited about that. He's also excited about his future in Manhattan.
"I did it earlier today," Clark said of his commitment. "I called them up and they were real excited.
"Their defensive line coach is from this area and I've heard a lot of good things about them. I've been talking back and forth with them and it seems like a good deal to go out to Kansas."
It should be noted that Clark has never visited Kansas State, so that's something he will want to do before too long, and it's something the coaches will obviously want him to do.
"I'll probably wait 'til official visits to go out there," he said.
Kansas State is the only school Clark plans on visiting and he said he is a solid verbal commitment for the Wildcats.
As a junior for Ballou last fall Clark recorded 42 tackles and three sacks.