Portland (Ore.) Jesuit three-star tight end Jacob Wark picked up his first scholarship offer of the process from Vanderbilt last spring. He then added one from the Air Force Academy in June. Several more schools continue to watch the 6-5, 240-pound Wark this fall.
"Utah has been keeping close contact as well as Oregon State and Washington," Wark reported. "I've gotten a few letters from Washington to give their front office a call to come out and see a game. Oregon State told me to come down and see a game when it works out with my schedule and then sometime later in the season, maybe during my bye week, I'll talk with the Utah coach about seeing a game out there."
Wark has not taken any game day visits thus far this fall. Besides Utah, Oregon State and Washington, Wark plans to take official visits to both Air Force and Vanderbilt.
"I'll probably go to a few schools at some time in the future, but we haven't sat down and talked it all out yet," Wark said. "I'm just going to sit back and enjoy my senior season, enjoy being with my friends, working hard and having a good time. Then, as soon as football is over, that's when I am going to make my decision.
"I just want to find a school where I can see myself fitting the best in because that will be my home for the next 4-5 years. When I go visit these schools, I'm going to take a hard look at the coaches and the people I will be around."
Since receiving the offer from Vanderbilt, Wark has continued to stay in contact with their coaching staff and he looks forward to a visit to Nashville after the season.
"I have been in contact with the coaches all throughout the end of last year and into this year," Warks said. "I'll give them a call probably in the next few weeks and discuss the possibility of when I can come out and take an official visit.
"I don't think I would have a problem playing in the SEC. It's a great conference and great competition. Also Vanderbilt is a great academic school and you have to have a backup plan if football does not work out."
For now, though, Wark will concentrate on his senior season. He has helped lead Jesuit to a 2-1 record and has tallied 12 receptions for 177 yards thus far on the season.
"I've done real well this season and I'm getting better every day in practice," Wark noted. "Last year I struggled a little bit with not concentrating when catching the ball. I was doing a lot of body catches, so I've been working on keeping my hands out and catching the ball out of the air and I think that's really helped me. They'll split me out as a slot or as a wide receiver, then use me inside as a regular tight end."