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Friday, March 15, 2013
2014 ATH Clark visits in-state schools

By Greg Ostendorf

CALERA, Ala. -- Interest in 2014 athlete Ronnie Clark continues to pick up. The latest schools to offer include Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin, and even he admits that he was a little surprised when he found out the Badgers had offered a scholarship.

However, the only schools Clark has found time to visit are still the two in-state schools.

Ronnie Clark
2014 ATH Ronnie Clark has been impressed with Alabama and Auburn.
Clark has visited Alabama and Auburn, and last weekend he made his way back to Tuscaloosa.

“It was good,” said Clark, who attends Calera High School. “I got to talk to the coaches more in-depth. I talked to the strength and conditioning coach, Coach [Scott] Cochran. I talked to him for about an hour and a half.

Just to get in there and talk to Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach [Doug] Nussmeier, hang out with those guys and the players, it was pretty cool. It got me a little more into what the college athletic life is.”

Clark has been to UA multiple times. He’s met with the Crimson Tide’s head coach before, but it never gets old, walking into his office.

“Nick Saban called me in his office and talked to me about what’s going on,” Clark said. “It’s still pretty cool. He obviously has the rings sitting out with the remote-control door. Other then that, I think he’s just a down-to-earth type of man, real laid back and cool. He’s just getting the job done down there.”

Most schools are recruiting Clark as a safety, but the Alabama coaches still consider him as an athlete. They’re not sure where the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect fits yet. They’re hoping to bring him back for a spring practice or the A-day game next month.

Clark also recently visited Auburn for the Tigers’ junior day. More than anything, it gave him a chance to get acquainted with the new coaching staff.

“It was good to meet the coaches,” he said. “I thought they weren’t going to hire anybody good, but they got a good staff up there right now. Hopefully, they’ll probably make some noise in the SEC this year.”

Clark still plans to visit both South Carolina and Vanderbilt soon, and he also wants to make a trip out to California to check out USC. However, he could be closing in on a commitment, a decision he wants to make by the summer.

“Sometimes in my head, I’m thinking I’m ready to make a decision, and then all of a sudden, I’m thinking I’m not,” he said. “I don’t want to rush into things. I still want to take all my visits to see what’s going on there, just check everything out before I make a final decision.”

There is still time for new schools to enter the mix, and there’s one school in particular he’d like an offer from.

“I grew up in Louisiana,” Clark said. “I would like LSU to offer. I don’t think they would come on, but that’s not really a bother for me. I’ll take any offer.”