Speedy Athlete Gets Auburn Offer

Auburn offered speedy James Clark as the Tigers continue to look for playmakers on offense.

New Smyrna Beach, Fla.—A four-star wide receiver capable of playing a number of different offensive positions on the next level, speedy James Clark added to his offer list over the weekend as the Auburn Tigers and Coach Gus Malzahn gave the 5-11, 170-pounder a thumbs up after watching video of him recently.

"I spoke with the head coach and the offensive coordinator Sunday," Clark said. "They let me know they need a guy like me on offense and to give them a chance to recruit me.

"I wouldn't say it was surprising. They have a new staff coming in. A lot of schools with new staff are going to do their own homework and get the players they want. It was nice to hear from them."

Hearing some from the previous staff last spring, Clark has been looking at Purdue and Northwestern and has already taken visits to both Big 10 schools. He also has Rutgers, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Duke, Mississippi State, and Tennessee still on his list, but added that he's definitely going to give Auburn a shot because of the new staff.

"It's not like the school put me off to the side," Clark said. "They've got a whole new staff coming in. These guys probably want a whole new philosophy. They want a different group of guys on offense.

"He (Malzahn) let me know that they run a fast-paced offense and want to get me involved in different ways with jet sweeps, reverses and screens. They have a need for more speed on the team."

Considering a visit to Auburn in the coming weeks, Clark said that right now his list consists of all of the schools mentioned earlier and he has offers from all but Texas and Florida. Planning to make his decision sometimes between his final visit in late January and signing day on Feb. 6, he said when the time comes he'll be looking for some specific things to help him narrow things down to his favorite.

"I'm going to want a place that will give me a chance to be productive on the field, get me involved in the offense," Clark said. "Most importantly I want to go to the school that gives me the best education and the best opportunity off the football field."

As a senior Clark caught 49 passes for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns after scoring 10 touchdowns as a junior.

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