June 20, 2011
Clark's stock is on the rise
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The dominoes are beginning to fall in Ohio's loaded defensive line class, and as that happens, some other defensive linemen are beginning to emerge with strong offer lists. Right at the top of that list would be Cincinnati Colerain defensive tackle Trae Clark. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound run-stuffer is seeing his stock rise as he accumulated double digit offers during the spring.
"I'm very excited about (the offers)," he said. "I'm just finishing this week up and then me and my Mom are going to talk about going to some camps. We're thinking about going to camp down in South Florida and we missed the camp down at Arkansas but we want go on a visit there. I don't really know where else we might go because I'm really just planning on getting ready for this upcoming season."
Clark has offers from the likes Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina State, South Florida and West Virginia. In addition to those schools, both Michigan and Ohio State were showing some interest during the spring. Michigan has already landed a commitment from teammate Joe Bolden but Clark says since the spring contact period, he hasn't really heard too much from either program.
"I haven't heard from my recruiting coach (from Ohio State) since like a month before school got out," he said. "I haven't talked to them in quite some time. I talked to (Michigan) around the same time that I talked to Ohio State."
Clark maintains that he is looking at all of the schools that have extended a verbal offer to this point but also says that four schools sit atop his list right now.
"Kentucky, Indiana, South Florida, Arkansas," he said.
Clark is one of the premier talents in Ohio on the interior defensive line and much of his focus over the summer will be on getting in better shape and just improving his game to have a big senior season.
"I'm just working to get better and working on my footwork some more," he said. "I want to start the season out strong."
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