Four-Star, "Family Guy" Visits Tigers Again

Class of 2014 football prospect Ronnie Clark spent Saturday on the Auburn campus and talks about his trip.

Calera, Ala.--One of the South's top class of 2014 football prospects, Calera High two-sport athlete Ronnie  Clark, was back in Auburn for a return trip to hang out with Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff on Saturday.

Rated four stars by Scout.com as the No. 5 outside linebacker prospect from sea to shining sea, the six-foot-three, 210-pound junior said he enjoyed his day in Auburn.

"I had to get my mom and dad there to see the new coaching staff," he said. "It (the visit) went well like it always does. They thought it was awesome."

Clark called himself a "family-type guy" and noted it is important to have his parents involved in his college choice. He noted that he and his parents toured the campus and the facilities while having lunch with Gus Malzahn and other members of the defensive coaching staff.

The prospect has made multiple visits to Auburn and Alabama and said the in-state programs are standing out to him. He also pointed out that he wants to visit the campuses at South Carolina and Vanderbilt, adding he is in no rush to make his college choice after previously saying he wanted to commit prior to the start of his senior season at Calera High.

"I just want to take my time to visit these schools and see what they have to offer me," he said.

Commenting on his interest in Auburn and Alabama, Clark said, "I like that they have the people they have at both of the colleges. You just have to find what places fit you. They are both good places. You can't go wrong with either school."

Clark said he plans to stay in the region to attend college, but said he can't say for sure if he will stay in-state, although that is certainly a possibility. "They are standing out," he said of the Tigers and Tide.

Asked what stands out about Auburn, Clark said, "The new staff they have got in--they are caring people. They are family-type people and I?like that. They get along well with my mom and dad and that is what fits me being cool with my mom and dad, and letting my mom know I will be taken care of if I came to Auburn."

Ronnie Clark

The prospect, who will turn 17 years old on April 8th, said that Charlie Harbison, who coaches the safeties and the "star" rover position, is his primary recruiter. Clark said the two have a good relationship going back to Harbison's time on the coaching staff at Clemson. "He is an all-around good guy."

Harbison told the prospect that he would like to be his position coach, Clark pointed out. "They really need me at safety," he said. "With the defense they are running (4-2-5), they really need safeties."

Clark, who is also a standout performer in basketball, but plans to play football on the college level. He averaged 23 points per game during his junior hoops season. He does not play baseball or participate in any of the spring sports.


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