Three-star defensive tackle Trae Clark is having a strong senior season for Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain, which plays a regional semifinal game this weekend against fellow Cincinnati power St. Xavier this weekend.
"There's no secret to it, I just practice hard and get where I need to be mentally and physically," Clark said of his senior season success.
The recruiting process for the 6-4, 320-pound Clark has largely been put on hold for the time being, and he will wait to address that more in-depth after his senior season is complete.
"I've been having some phone problems and my computer is acting up, so I'm not in touch with a lot of [college coaches] right now," Clark said. "I'm taking my ACT again in December and after that we'll see what is going on."
According to Clark, most of the schools on his list are waiting to see how the test goes and make sure everything is solid academically with the big defensive linemen.
The school he has been in the closest contact with this fall is West Virginia. He attended their home contest with LSU on Sept. 24.
"It's going good with the Mountaineers," Clark said. "The visit was outstanding, I loved it and it was the best."
When we last spoke with Clark, West Virginia sat in his top two alongside South Florida, but that list has grown to three with the addition of Arkansas.
"I still get a lot of mail from them in school and out of school," Clark said of the Razorbacks. "It seemed when I talked to the coaches they welcomed me in. The football they play is SEC football, so that is [attractive]."
An official visit had been set to South Florida for the weekend of Oct. 21, but Clark was unable to make that trip. His talks with the Bulls have slowed down in recent months.
"I'm just going to have to go down there and see what is going on," Clark said. "When I talked to Coach [Peter] Vaas, it was great and he seemed like a good coach."
Clark had considered making another trip to Morgantown to see West Virginia's final home game of the 2011 season, but as long as Colerain keeps winning their games will be on Saturday, eliminating the opportunity to take additional visits. Clark is fine making that sacrifice because his focus at the present is on leading his team to the state championship.