Colerain’s Clark a “sleeper” on the DL

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Cincinnati Colerain senior Trae Clark

Ohio State is on the lookout for big and talented middle of the
defensive line prospects and one of the guys it has its eye on is
Cincinnati Colerain junior Trae Clark. The Buckeyes aren’t the only ones looking…


Ohio State is on the lookout for big and talented middle of the
defensive line prospects and one of the guys it has its eye on is
Cincinnati Colerain junior Trae Clark. The Buckeyes aren’t the only ones
looking…

The
6-foot-4 and 330-pound Clark rotated in on the Colerain defensive line
his sophomore season before becoming a starter at nose guard his junior
season. Clark made close to 30 tackles with four sacks as Colerain made
it to the second round of the state playoffs and finished with an 11-1
record last season.

Clark, who has run the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds, is a bit of a
‘sleeper’ in recruiting circles, but the Buckeyes as well as some
others are expressing interest.

“I’ve heard from Michigan, Toledo, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio
State and Purdue,” Clark said. “Earlier this year I talked to Jim Tressel. I
talked to a coach from Toledo and I talked to the Michigan recruiting
coach for this area. And I talked to coaches from Kentucky.”

Clark has visited Ohio State, Michigan, Kentucky and Toledo.

“I went to an Ohio State junior day when they played Penn State
in basketball,” Clark said. “It went good. I liked the atmosphere and
the campus. I took a tour of the locker room and I saw the Ohio State
Hall of Fame. It was all nice.”

While he was in Columbus Clark said he talked to both Jim and Doc
Tressel.

“They talked a little about a scholarship,” Clark said. “They
just want to see more of me on film. They want defensive linemen that
are fast.”

Clark expects his first scholarship offers to come from Kentucky
and/or Cincinnati.

“Kentucky might have already offered,” Clark said. “Cincinnati
said they will officially offer a scholarship when they see my film and
grades.”

Clark plans to attend some spring practices and games though he
is not sure where and has nothing scheduled at this point.

Bill Kurelic’s Comment: Clark said he will likely workout at
Cincinnati’s camp this summer. It would be nice if the Buckeyes could
get a good look at him at their camp too.

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