Considering his options

The teammate of a pair of 2011 Clemson commits is still waiting for his first offer. Whoever offers first could be in the best position for his signature next February.

OG Garrett Clark Profile

CUTigers recently caught up with Mainland High School (Daytona Beach, Fla.) offensive lineman Garrett Clark.

Recruited by Clemson to play either guard or center, he played guard last season and will play center this fall. At the next level, he doesn't have a preferable position.

Along with Clemson, Georgia Tech, Central Florida and Miami all keep in close contact too.

He was in Tigertown with Marlin Lane for camp last summer. In the fall for the Wake Forest game, Cortez Davis joined Clark and Lane for another trip. Lane committed on the first and Davis committed on the second. Clark's left on good terms after both.

"It's really nice. I really like it up there a lot. I like the coaches and everything. It was cool up there," Clark said. "I really like coach (Dabo) Swinney. Clemson is definitely up there."

CUTigers asked, If Clemson was to offer, would that make them the clear-cut favorite?

"Yes it would, definitely."

But since he's really waiting to pick up a first offer, the first team to do so will be in good position.

"The first team that does offer me, really wants me, and does offer--they'll probably jump to the top," Clark said. "They'll be at the top for a while. I might even go there…definitely the first school that offers me, they lead for me."

"I know Clemson is very close, Georgia Tech--all those schools are real close to offering."

Close with Lane and Davis, the three have talked about going to the same school.

"We talk if they're going to stick to Clemson and what not. We definitely want to go to the same school. That's the plan right now," Clark said.

Both Lane and Davis, he said, are "pretty solid" with Clemson.

Clark is planning another trip to Clemson this spring for the Spring Game. Last weekend, he was at Rutgers. This weekend, he's heading to Florida before he goes to Florida State the following weekend.

On each trip, Clark is looking at several areas.

"Academics, of course, are first. I'm looking for tradition, how good they are. I don't want to go somewhere with a losing record," Clark said. "The coaching staff--how they make me feel, if they make me feel welcomed, and really like me, those kinds of things."

A decision won't be final until the end of his senior season, at the earliest.

"It'll be a while before which school I'm going to," Clark said. Top Stories