March 20, 2008

Kyle Clark has a clear leader

With Texas Tech looking to take only three or four offensive linemen in this year's class, the Red Raiders have been able to be very selective in terms of extending offers to prospects.

One such prospect who holds a Tech offer is 4-star prospect Kyle Clark, who is a member of the recently announced Rivals Top250 list.

Clark, along with teammate Jess Coffey, visited Tech's campus earlier this month for their Junior Day and enjoyed what he saw.

"It was great," he said of his time in Lubbock. "I saw some really cool things while I was there and got to meet the coaches and everything. It was just a really nice visit and I was really impressed with everything."

Though there are so many schools contacting his coaching staff that he can hardly keep them straight, Clark is concentrating right now on his off-season goals and competing in track and field.

"I'd say right now I'm just working on becoming a better all around player," he said. "I want to have perfect technique and really work on all that. Right now I'm at 6-foot-5, 272-pounds, but I think next year I'd like to play at 280 or 290-pounds as long as I can keep my speed and quickness where it's at. As far as track goes, I'm just working on the shot and the discus, but I haven't really had too much time to work on that because of junior days and stuff. I'm actually leaving for a track meet tomorrow, so hopefully I can do well there."

In terms of recruiting, the Denton (TX) Guyer standout has made his way to several junior days, but maintains Tech was his favorite.

"Well, I went to Kansas' and Oklahoma State's junior days, and they were pretty cool," he said. "Compared to Tech's, Kansas' was just kind of dull. I really like the coaches and the program and everything, but it just wasn't the same. As far as Oklahoma State's goes, it was still pretty cool, because I got to see their basketball team beat Kansas, and they are spending about a couple hundred million dollars on their facilities, but I would say Tech's is still definitely the best I've been to."

And it is that sentiment that led Clark to sit down with his parents and talk about his decision making process.

"Well, I'd been planning on going to Arizona to visit and I'd said all along I was going to do that before I make my decision," he said. "But I sat down with my parents and Coach (Brian) Kegans and we talked about it and I think I've seen what I need to, so I won't be making the Arizona trip after all."

Though he won't be making the trek out to Arizona, Clark does have one trip left on his schedule.

"I'm going to Tech's Junior Day/Spring Game on April 19th," he said. "I wanted to commit on the spot when they offered me at the first Junior Day, but I waited and my parents wanted to see more of the academic side, so this time we're going to stay a little longer and check out everything on that side too."

So is there a chance the four-star prospect could wake up on April 20th as the fourth member of Tech's 2009 class?

"I'd say there's definitely a chance, yes sir."

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