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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In-state junior happy Indiana first to offer

By Jared Shanker

INDIANAPOLIS -- For some prospects, the school to offer first will always be placed on a pedestal. Indiana should be happy it was the first to offer one in-state prospect before any others could jump in.

Cornerback Donovan Clark (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) holds an offer from Indiana -- his only offer -- and he said he would have felt a little disrespected if another program offered first.

“It was big being in-state,” Clark said. “If somebody out of state offered me first and then [Indiana] would have came, it almost would have been a slap in the face, so it’s good IU offered me first.”

Indiana junior cornerback Kenny Mullen and Clark are good friends, as both are from Fort Wayne. Mullen is already telling Clark about what to expect in Bloomington, and Clark will spend the weekend with Mullen at Indiana beginning March 2.

“He told me it’s a great school but you got to be really disciplined,” Clark said. “I’ll get a feel for myself [March 2].”

Clark already visited Indiana previously a few weeks ago for a junior day visit. He was surprised at how much he liked his trip.

“The facilities were beautiful. I didn’t see that coming with their past records,” he said. “That was a shock, and the basketball game was crazy. The environment, the whole Hoosier Hysteria, it was crazy.”

Iowa hosted Clark for a junior day back in January, and he said while Iowa City was a culture shock, he felt a comfortable niche at Iowa.

“It felt home-y,” Clark said. “It was kind of slow being in Iowa but I liked it a lot.”

Michigan State is another Big Ten program recruiting Clark, and the Spartans will host him for a spring practice in the coming weeks.