Rockbridge (Va.) offensive lineman Austin Clark admits that he's been a little taken back by all the attention he's already receiving on the recruiting front, but the 2015 standout has a feeling it's just the beginning of great things to come.
“I had no clue that all this was going to happen so soon,” said Clarke and almost disbelief. “Recruiting’s been going pretty good and I'm currently up to seven offers right now. The offers that I have are from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Tennessee, Duke, North Carolina and Maryland. I've also been getting a lot of stuff from Indiana, Nebraska, Arkansas and Georgia.
“Things will probably pick up a lot more once September 1st rolls around and these recruiters can start making contact with me.”
It's definitely easy to see why so many collegiate programs are already interested in the 6-foot-6, 280-pound trench warrior, especially since he dominates his opponents a majority of the time with his aggressive and physical playing style.
“I would say I definitely like to run block more than I like to pass block,” admitted the Virginia native. “The reason I say that is because I like to finish my blocks. Whether that's running the guy in front of me 10 yards down the field or just flat out “pancaking” him, that's what I like to do.”
Rockbridge finished 2012 with a 9-3 record and they're looking to improve on that even more this year, but for that to even be a possibility, Clark knows he'll have to assume more of a leadership role then what would normally be expected of the junior.
“I'm the only returning offensive lineman coming back this year, so I've really had to step my game and take a more active role with the younger guys,” he explained. “Leading by example, I have to show these guys that you always have to work hard and you can never overlook anyone because that's when they'll come up from behind and then your beat.”
This type of attitude, along with Clark's tenacious work ethic, will undoubtedly serve him well in the future and probably earn him a lot more offers. Once he's ready to examine these Division I schools he feels he knows what criteria will be the most important to him when he's ready to take that next step
“The football program is something that I'll definitely take a long, hard look at,” he claimed. “I'll be looking at what style of offense they have, where I fit in and playing time will be a big part of it too. Academics will also be a big thing for me, because right now I'm hoping to major in either business or psychology.”
As Clark's recruiting journey continues to pick up speed, one program he still hopes to hear from in the near future is Notre Dame.
“When someone says Notre Dame the first thing you think of is their football tradition,” explained Clark. “When you talk about great football traditions, Notre Dame and Penn State are usually two of the first schools that come to mind.
“I watched Notre Dame play in the national championship game last year and it was pretty cool. I know I definitely want to hear from them, so as soon as September 1st rolls around I'm hoping they'll reach out to me and we can go from there.”