Clark breaks down top seven

After receiving numerous scholarship offers, Austin Clark trimmed his list to seven on Thursday night.

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Following his announcement, the 2015 Lexington (Va.) Rockbridge County offensive tackle spoke with Scout.com.

"My top seven are Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech," Austin Clark tweeted on Thursday night.

Those seven made the cut for a few reasons. "Those are the seven schools that are standing out me right now and I have a really good connection with them," said the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Clark. "As of right now, all seven are even.

Clark explained what he likes about each school.

Clemson : "That was one of the visits I'm really glad I took," he said. "Although I've only been down there one time, I saw and heard everything I needed to see and hear on that one visit to make them one of my favorites. I like everything about them and I'm starting to build a really great relationship with the coaching staff."

Ohio State : "They're a school I've liked for a while. I've visited three times and every time I leave, I like them more than before. So they're just one of the schools I really like and one of my favorites right now."

Penn State : "I have a really good relationship with the coaching staff there. Another big reason that they're one of my favorites is because every time I go there, it kind of feels like home away from home."

South Carolina : "That's another visit I'm really glad I took. I was really impressed with everything. From the facilities, the coaches –coach Steve Spurrier and (offensive line) coach (Shawn Elliiot – and the way their program has been winning games in one of the best conferences in college football."

Tennessee : "I have a really good relationship with the coaching staff and I'm really encouraged by all the facilities. I also think coach (Butch) Jones is taking the program in a good direction. It feels like a home away from home, too."

Virginia: "It's definitely the combination of football and great academics. They're also really close to home and they were my first offer. So all those things are really what make me like them a lot."

Virginia Tech: "I've been there a couple of times. And I'm really starting to develop a good relationship with (offensive line) coach (Stacy) Searels. He's a really great coach and a really cool guy. Overall, it's just the history there and all the success they've had. It's just a really good combination."

As for upcoming visits, Clark said he definitely wanted to make it back to Tennessee, South Carolina and Clemson.

Clark said his decision could come as early as June.

He is a three-star prospect and the No. 32 offensive tackle in the 2015 class.

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