Calera, Ala. --Last week's game was another chance for one of the top athletes in the class of 2014 in Alabama to show what he could do. Six-foot-three, 210-pound Ronnie Clark contributed to Calera's 49-0 victory over Shelby County at wildcat, at receiver and at strong safety.
"It feels great to get a win over our so-called rival," Clark said after the game. "We stopped playing them about three years ago. To come out here and get another win feels good."
Calera advanced to 4-1 under first-year head coach Wiley McKeller.
"Ronnie is a great athlete," McKeller said. "He's a tremendous individual and a hard worker. That's what makes him a can't miss kind of a guy."
Clark said he has noticed a different level of physicality this year, which has led to the 4-1 start.
"Our offensive line has been so-so, but as the year has progressed they're getting better and better and better," he explained. "We're able to run the ball now. We were a passing team last year, but we're able to run the ball now."
Clark and running back Sam Adams have been leading the way on the ground for Calera. Early in the game Clark took four snaps in a row from the Wildcat before breaking a big run.
"We had a new formation they put in for me," Clark said. "They just wanted me to run the ball. We just put it in this week. We kept running it to the right, then we had a play where we did it to the left. I just found a hole, and I got out there. It looked like I got caught."
Clark, who has the frame to be a college linebacker, may have gotten tracked down on his fourth straight running play earlier. However, in the second quarter he showed his speed taking a screen pass from quarterback Zach Reneau 74 yards to effectively put the game out of reach at 35-0.
"Actually I ran into my own offensive lineman," Clark said laughing. "I hit him, and he got mad at me. I just tried to run full speed. Everybody is saying that I'm getting slow, too big, too fat, but I was just glad to get that touchdown to help my team win."
Clark has played some linebacker for Calera, but against Shelby County he played strong safety and looked natural. His college position is yet to be determined. One reason is his weight fluctuation due to basketball.
"I average about 19 points per game, and I've been playing basketball since I was little," Clark explained. "I didn't play even football until I got to high school. This past summer I gained 25 pounds after basketball season. Once I lose it I can gain it back real easily.
"That's why they don't tell me what position I'm actually going to be playing because they don't know how big I'm going to get," he added. "They've got me listed as a safety and I'm one of the top of the class or whatever. I'm playing strong safety right now, and I didn't get too many looks on defense this game. I had a few longs runs, got tired, and they put our backup in for a bit. I got some snaps in though."
"I'll play any role that the college coach wants me to play," he said.
Clark has already been ranked a four-star safety by Scout.com.