It's no secret that the University of Arkansas really, really wants to sign Oklahoma prep basketball star Rotnei Clarke.
At one point so did 30-plus other college programs, but only three are left standing for the dynamic 6-1, 180-pound guard from Verdigris High.
That would be the Razorbacks, Oral Roberts University and Oklahoma State University.
"It was really tough to narrow it down and it was hard to tell some of the coaches that were recruiting me that they were no longer in consideration," Clarke said, "But in the end, I believe I have made the right decision in getting it down to these great three schools."
Clarke averaged 37.2 points per game last season and is on pace to become the leading career scorer in state of Oklahoma.
He has taken several unofficial visits to all three schools, took an official to Arkansas Sept. 12-14 and will officially visit ORU this weekend and OSU the next.
Clarke was very enthused about his visit to Fayetteville.
"My trip to Arkansas was awesome and I really enjoyed it," Clarke said. "My hosts were (current Razorback freshmen) Michael Sanchez and Nate Rakestraw and they are a great couple of guys that I really enjoyed hanging out with.
"I also got to go fishing a couple of times and that is one of my favorite things to do," Clarke said. "I really feel like it is a great situation for me over there, the coaching staff is just awesome and I would fit in really well both on and off the court."
Clarke also noted that he found something else during his Arkansas visit that really peaked his interest.
"I am really excited about their Christian athlete outreach program – Arkansas Athletes Outreach – and what they are doing," Clarke said. "It looks like a great organization that would be great to be a part of. As you know, my walk with God is really important to me and factors into everything."
Clarke's visit to ORU will be this weekend – a place that his dad Conley is in his first season as the director of basketball operations.
"That's obviously another great coaching staff and it's a really good Christian school," Clarke said. "I am very appreciative that they have not pressured me even though my dad is a coach there. I like the college and the people there so it would be a good fit if I decide that is the best place for me."
Oklahoma State is a latecomer to the party, having not recruited Clarke at the outset.
"They have really showed a lot of interest lately and explained why they weren't recruiting me at first and why they are so hard now," Clarke said. "I'll go up there on my official and then know more.
"I think visiting all three will give me a really good feeling on what is truly best for me," Clarke added.
All three schools are looking at him as a versatile guy that could play both the point and shooting guard.
"I feel comfortable at both spots and I think all three schools are planning on playing me at both," Clarke said. "I don't mind switching off and playing both at all."
Clarke said he also feels like all three teams fit another criteria.
"I don't have to come in and be a starter, but it is important for me to go to someplace that I can play and make an impact," Clarke said. "I think all three programs provide me that opportunity."
If it was up to his grandma – Sandra Kuntzweiller of Fayetteville – this would already have been over with and a decision in.
"She so wants me to come to Arkansas," Clarke said. "She is all about the Razorbacks."
Rotnei's Big 3
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
Arkansas On Game Days | Tailgate TravelsAs much fun as it is being at an Arkansas football game, the pregame can be just as enjoyable, especially if you have an RV. Head out to Fayetteville to see what makes the…
Scout CFBFriday at 9:20 AM
Cats Picked To Win SEC CrownThe voters at SEC Media Days are convinced: Kentucky has reloaded.
Scout 2017 Rankings DirectoryThe Scout positional, state, regional, national and team rankings for the Class of 2017...
Scout FootballMonday at 7:00 AM
"They Are Playing Really Good Football"Arkansas Coaches Bret Bielema and Dan Enos talk about facing Auburn this weekend and the challenges that presents for the Razorbacks.
Inside The AU Tigers10/19/2016