Punter From Missouri to Check Out Tigers

This football recruiting report features a prospect who is coming to Auburn this weekend.

Kansas City, Mo.--Steven Clark, a punter from Park Hill High School, says he is looking forward to taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

A six-foot-six, 230-pound senior, who is starting for a third year on the football team, Clark says he will arrive in Auburn on Saturday. That night he will watch the Tigers take on the West Virginia Mountaineers.

The trip to Auburn will be his second official visit as recruiting has picked up for Clark since he won a competition in Wisconsin against punters from around the nation. He says that is how the Auburn coaching staff learned who he is.

"The Auburn coaches are close to Jamie Cole from the Cole Kicking Camp," Clark explains. "I went up there this summer and ended up taking first place in the national challenge camp. All of those guys really helped me out of there. Before that I was clueless (about the recruiting process). I didn't have any colleges talking to me before that.

"The camp was a really good experience," Clark adds. "Before I went up there I didn't know how good I was. I thought I was just average, but I wanted to punt in college. I didn't have any idea I could go Division I. I figured it would be a smaller college around here."

Clark says he doesn't know his punting statistics, but says that since working on his form earlier this year his worst punts go about 40 yards with a hang time of four seconds.

Auburn and a pair of Big Ten programs are the ones showing the most interest, he says. "Iowa and Purdue have both offered me," he says. "I took an unofficial visit to Iowa and an official visit to Purdue two weeks ago."

Commenting on Iowa, he says, "Their coaching staff are all really nice. They are experienced coaches and they have a good football team."

Commenting on Purdue, he says, "They have a good football team, too. The coaches are really nice. Really, the coaches were almost identical (to Iowa's). It seems like both of the head coaches are super-great guys and the special teams coaches are good guys, too. They are all really excited about their special teams and how they want to be the best in the nation."

What interests him in Auburn? "It seems like a great school with a great football atmosphere," Clark says. "There is nowhere else that has that amount of support. It is one of the Top 10 places in the country to live and I was reading about how Auburn is a real football community and that wasn't even on the Auburn site."

Auburn already has a commitment from a field goal kicker, Cody Parkey, a four-star rated prospect from Jupiter, Fla., High School. "I ended up meeting that Parkey kid up there at the camp in Wisconsin," Clark points out. "He seems like a nice guy and he really did well in the field goal kicking contests."

Academics shouldn't be an issue for Clark. He says that he is carrying a 3.9 grade point average and wants to major in kinesiology in college.

Clark, who also plays on the Park Hill High basketball team, says he can't name a favorite yet. "Not really," he says. "They all seem like great schools. I don't think I could make a wrong choice. I know I would be happy anywhere. I think it is a matter of finding the little things that might make a difference because I know the decision is going to be pretty hard."


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