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Two offers but lots of interest in Clark

Bradenton (Fla.) Bradenton Christian offensive tackle Josh Clark has helped to put his small school on the college football recruiting map.
"I have had quite a few schools come down," Clark said. "I think we had maybe 40 schools drop by the school during this offseason just to talk to me and stuff like that. There are quite a few - almost every school from the state of Florida came down except for Florida State."
The 6-foot-5, 273-pound offensive tackle holds two current offers.
"I have been offered so far by Western Kentucky and Georgia Southern," Clark said.
He talked about the interest from the Hilltoppers and their staff.
"Western Kentucky has been down quite a few times to my high school over the past couple years. (Defensive ends) Coach (Raymond) Woodie is actually from the Bradenton area. He is the one recruiting down here. He just seemed really excited about me and I think he really wants me to go there."
He also talked about his interaction with Jeff Monken's staff at Georgia Southern.
"Georgia Southern came down this year, stayed for a practice and liked what they saw," Clark said. "They called me that day after practice and said they were going to offer me. I took a trip to Georgia Southern's camp this summer."
In addition to his visit to Georgia Southern, Clark also camped at Florida, Indiana, and Louisville. He talked about the feedback he received after each camp.
"I thought they all seemed to like me a lot," Clark said. "I talked to the offensive line coaches one-on-one and they seemed excited that I was there. They said we would definitely be in touch in the future."
One of those visits made a major impression on the Central Florida prospect.
"Right now I am really excited about Louisville," Clark said. "When I was at their one-day camp, they seemed to really like me. They gave me and my mom a personal tour around the campus. They just seemed like great people. They have a nice facility. That was just a pretty nice visit so far. I would say they are probably leading."
Clark said he is not in a rush to make a decision and doesn't want to shut any schools out of the process, but does know what will help him eventually find his future home.
"I am going to definitely going to pray about it, think hard about my options, and try to find a college that is not only good for me but is a place where I think I can do good things for them," Clark said. "I want to find a place where I can help to win football games and further their program. I want to play for a good coaching staff. I also want a school where I can get a good degree and help me find a job after my football playing is done. Those are all pretty big factors that are weighing in."
During July, Clark said he is focusing on training and preparing for his upcoming senior season.
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