2014 Prospect High On Tigers After Big Cat

Calera 2014 prospect Ronnie Clark talks about Big Cat Weekend and gives his thoughts on the Auburn Tigers.

Calera, Ala.—Expected to be one of the top players in Alabama for the 2014 recruiting class, athletic Ronnie Clark took his second trip to Auburn this spring when he took part in Big Cat Weekend along with many of the top prospects on the Tigers' board.

Having his second opportunity to visit with Coach Gene Chizik and the Auburn coaching staff as well as meet other prospects from around the state and the country, Clark said the trip was all he was hoping it would be.

"It went good," Clark said. "I had fun. I really liked the games and all that. It was just a good experience to get to know the coaches and talk with Coach Chizik again. I'm just getting to know them better and better.

"It's great to know that because it's an early start for me," he added. "I'm hoping to keep going back there. It's just a good place and I like being there."

Taking part in a weekend where football took a backseat to having fun and relaxing, Clark said it gave him a really good idea of what the Tigers are all about. He said while the weekend was much different he was also different because he felt more at ease.

"It showed me how much they are really family-oriented," Clark said. "I like how they care about your future, not just about football but about becoming a man. There's more to life than just football.

"I was more laid back the second time around, more relaxed," he added. "The first time I was nervous and shook up. I'm just a lot more comfortable down there now."

One of the highlights of the weekend for Clark was the opportunity to get to know some of his fellow recruits. He said he especially hit if off with 2014 prospects Shaun Hamilton and Blaise Taylor, both of whom he said he plans to keep in touch with.

Overall it was a visit that Clark said gave him an even stronger impression of Auburn. Still waiting on his second offer after the Tigers offered him recently, the two-sport standout for the Eagles said there's a lot to like about Auburn.

"The people and the community stand out to me," Clark said. "They are so family-oriented and just care about you a lot. They are also saying that I'm an Auburn guy. We'll just have to find out."

In addition to camping at Auburn this summer, Clark said he's also planning to camp at both Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Vanderbilt for one-day camps as well. He said he hopes to be able to get a feel for the schools while also trying to improve his speed heading into his junior year.

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