January 21, 2011

Clark plugs the middle

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The buzz surrounding the outstanding defensive line crop in Ohio for the 2012 class is already at an extremely high level. Chalk up another name to keep an eye on in defensive tackle Trae Clark. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound prospect from Colerain High School in Cincinnati is one of the top run stuffers in Ohio. Clark made the trip up I-71 to Columbus on Saturday with teammates Joe Bolden and Andre Jones to check out the Buckeye hoops squad against Penn State.

"I loved it, it was awesome," said Clark, of his visit. "I really liked the weight room and the facilities. I was talking to coach (John) Peterson when I first got there. He was asking me how my home life was going and about grades and stuff like that."

With big defensive tackles like Clark being hard to come by, it comes as no surprise that college coaches are starting to take notice of the big junior. At the moment, two schools are really standing out to Clark.

"The (schools) that I'm most interested in are (Cincinnati) and Ohio State," Clark said. "(Cincinnati) is the hometown school and I like the defense that they run. (At Ohio State) I just like the atmosphere and the defense and the way they play ball."

Few high schools anywhere can boast a roster as talented as Colerain's and Clark feels that playing at that type of program has been a major positive for him.

"I love it," he said. "I just love being there and competing with others. It's like a big family."

On a defense full of stars, Clark more than held his own as he plugged the middle in Colerain's 3-4 scheme. While it was a good year for Clark, he knows he has the potential to get even better.

"I did OK my junior year," he explained. "I got second team all-conference and I felt like I could have done better."

This off-season Clark says he will work on improving his speed and quickness and he also plans to hit up some camps over the summer.

"I'm definitely going to the UC camp," he explained. "I'll probably go to Toledo, Michigan, and Ohio State, too."


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