Calera Star Talks About AU Junior Day Trip

Ronnie Clark spent the day hanging out with Auburn's new football coaching staff.

Calera, Ala.--One of the recruiting prizes for the in-state 2014 football recruiting class, safety Ronnie  Clark, spent Saturday at Auburn's Junior Day and said he liked the event.

An athlete who has started on the Calera High School varsity since the eighth grade as a football player and as a basketball player, Clark has been on Auburn's recruiting radar for a long time. He was a prime recruit for the previous coaching staff and that hasn't changed with Gus Malzahn and his new staff running the show.

"I enjoyed being back in Auburn and getting a chance to meet the new coaches," Clark said. "It was really smooth."

The class of 2014 prospect said he spent a lot of time with safeties coach Charlie "Cheese" Harbison. "Coach Cheese is a good guy," the prospect said. "He is all about family, all about business.

"I met all of the new coaches," he noted. "I?think they are going to turn things around and get things going like they are supposed to be."

Clark said he is in no hurry to make a college decision. He did note that the Tigers are under serious consideration.

"I just like the old school feeling of the coaches," Clark said. "Everybody said that Ellis Johnson is a legend and I wanted to meet him and see what he is about. It was pretty good all-around."

Ronnie Clark

Clark just wrapped up his basketball season. He averaged 23 points per game, up from 19 as a sophomore. However, football is expected to be his sport in college.

Asked if he is better in football than basketball, he said, "I guess that is what everybody says," he noted.

Talking about his visit to Auburn, Clark said, "I enjoyed the new facilities they are bringing in and everything like that--the new dorms and stuff. I like what I heard today."

Right now he noted that he hasn't planned any more college junior day visits, but said he expects to return to Auburn sometime in the spring.

He also said he enjoyed talking to other recruits he knows like Shaun Hamilton, E.J. Moss and Tre Williams.

Clark said he weighed in at 210 pounds on his Auburn visit and was a shade under six-foot-three. "I think I am going to get bigger," he said. "I am 16 now and about to turn 17."

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