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ESPN 100 PG Clark sets visits

10/1/2012

Plans and point guard Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass) simply do not go together. The original plan was for Clark, ranked No. 60 in the ESPN 100, to attend Quest Prep Academy in Las Vegas for his senior season.

That plan changed last week. After spending a month in Las Vegas, Clark came home to Oklahoma City.

Regarding his college decision, the plan has always been to bypass the November early-signing period and sign in the spring. Things drastically changed Monday morning, though. Clark’s mother, Dorshell, said the family was ready to announce his commitment on Tuesday at the Douglass High basketball gym.

Monday afternoon, however, that plan took a detour. Dorshell said Clark is now going to make four official visits in October -- to UCLA, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Florida State -- before making his decision.

If Clark, who is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds and the No. 1-ranked hoop prospect in Oklahoma, had stuck with his plan to commit Tuesday, the best bet would have been Oklahoma State.

Cowboys coach Travis Ford has been recruiting Clark the longest and has attended many of his high school games. Ford stepped it up a notch last month, too. On the first day coaches were allowed to make in-home visits, Ford didn’t wait to stop by the Clark household in the morning. No, Ford showed up at midnight and spent nearly three hours with the family.

The line of thinking has always been that since Stillwater, Okla., is less than 70 miles from Oklahoma City, no official visit would be necessary. However, Dorshell said the Cowboys are part of the visit schedule.

Up first will be a trip to UCLA this weekend, followed by trips to Baylor, Oklahoma State and Florida State in that order over the following three weekends.

"It will be good for him to experience everything," Dorshell said. "If his feelings are the same, then it won't matter on the visits. But it's tough to know if you haven't gone out there and seen it all."

The tentative plan, Dorshell said, is for Clark to announce during the early-signing period in November.

“Tulsa has also made a strong push, but I don’t know about that yet,” Dorshell said. “Stevie really likes Tulsa coach Danny Manning from his time recruiting him at Kansas, so we might see if we can sneak in a weekday visit there or something.”

Clark averaged 25 points and 11 assists per game last season in leading Douglass to its third consecutive Class 4A state championship. He was also named the Gatorade State Player of the Year for Oklahoma last season.