Four-Star Prospect Takes In Auburn Practice

Four-star prospect Ronnie Clark talks about visiting Auburn's Friday practice and what has the Tigers in his top group.

Calera, Ala.—One of the top defensive players in Alabama for the 2014 class, talented Ronnie  Clark was on the Auburn campus Friday morning to watch the Tigers go through the paces in spring practice. Spending time with the Tigers' safety coach Charlie Harbison as well as coach Gus Malzahn, Clark says he can definitely sense as change on the Plains.

"It went good," Clark says. "I got to watch them in spring practice for the first time. It went well. I can see a chance in the program and football team. They are trying to get things turned around.

"It was the first practice I have been to," he adds. "I was just eager to get down there and see how it was going to be. Today, they really didn't go as fast as they wanted to because he said they had a tough practice on Wednesday. I watched Coach Cheese coach them up, the players look like they wanted to learn and they wanted to see what was going on."

Currently with 13 or 14 offers and the latest coming from Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Washington, the four-star prospect says that he really enjoyed getting to talk with Harbison and learn more about Auburn's plans for him should he choose the Tigers. Physical enough to play the Star position, but athletic enough to be a safety, Clark says he's hearing both from Auburn at the moment.

"Coach Cheese said I could play all three," Clark notes. "That's basically what they are talking about. While he was talking to me, I knew some of the stuff already, it was easy to learn. If I came it wouldn't be a bad transition. To me, if you learn the playbook it's easy to do. I can play those positions they want me to play."

Saying that Auburn, Alabama and probably Vanderbilt would be his top three at the moment, Clark notes that he's hoping to make his decision sometime before the beginning of his senior season but currently he's just enjoying the process.

"Right now, I really don't know," Clark says. "I'm still trying to find that thing that's going to help me pick the school I'm going to go to. Right now, I'm just trying to enjoy it, finish up high school and go from there."

There is no question that when the time comes both Auburn and Alabama will be in the mix for the athletic safety prospect.

"It's pretty much the same," Clark says of his comfort level at Auburn and Alabama. "I can get along with everybody. I feel comfortable at Auburn just like I do at Alabama. I just need to know in my heart which one I need to pick.

"The program right here, it's getting turned around," he adds of Auburn. "Alabama, they're building a dynasty. At Auburn they're in a rebuilding stage. They're getting new players in and trying to get everything back to how it used to be. I think that's the difference between the two schools."

Clark was joined by freshman offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett from Calera. A 6-4, 265 pound offensive tackle, Pritchett is a player to keep an eye on down the road in recruiting circles. He has already visited Kentucky in addition to Auburn and is planning to camp at both and Alabama this summer.


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