Rivals100 offensive tackle Austin Clark is doing his research and getting ready to make more cuts to his list. The Lexington (Va.) Rockbridge star has a top ten right now but will be eliminating three schools soon.
"Right now I'm still trying to keep myself open," said the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Clark. "In about a month I want to narrow it down to seven to focus on. I want to have my decision made before the season so I'll probably cut it down more as the season gets closer."
Clark has taken some visits that should help him decide which schools will make it to the next round.
"I've already taken a lot of visits in the fall and I went to a few junior days," he said. "I went to South Carolina on Friday and I'm going to Ohio State this weekend.
"South Carolina was great," Clark said. "I was really impressed the coaches the facilities and everything.
"I've already been to Ohio State twice," he said. "I went to a camp there and a game. I'm hoping to see a little more of the athletic facilities and talk to the coaches a little more in person.
"I want to get back to Virginia Tech," said Clark. "I'm planning on visiting Miami but that will have to wait until the summer I think."
Four schools have already impressed Clark enough to be guaranteed a spot in his top seven.
"I'm going to narrow it down in about a month but I can definitely say that Tennessee and Virginia Tech will definitely make that top seven," he said. "South Carolina and Penn State will also make it. Ohio State could make it as well."
Some other schools are starting to come into play for Clark.
"I've been talking to a few different schools like Arizona State, LSU and Florida State," Clark said. "Even when I have a top seven it won't be set in stone until get down to my top three or four schools. Thing are definitely flexible right now. Georgia and few other schools are close to offering so that could change some things."