RECRUITING: Oviedo's Lark Force In The Middle

There is double trouble on the defensive line for Oviedo High School opponents this fall. Not only do they have to prepare for mammoth defensive tackle Corey Hobbs, there is Andy Lark to worry about on a defense that Coach Greg Register believes will help his team rebound soundly from last year's 1-8 disaster.

The 6-1, 291-pound Lark is drawing attention from college scouts because he balances athletics with a near 4.0 grade point average. Like many of his teammates, he's already narrowing down choices for a career after football ends.

"I would like to get into law enforcement," Lark said. "Maybe I could be in SWAT, that is what I would like to do."

After the disappointment of last season, Lark can't wait to get on the field this fall. Oviedo has a lot of seniors and to a man, they expect tremendous improvement.

"I think we will be up there, I know we will make the states (playoffs)," he said. "I just hope we win the state championship. As long as we keep busting it in the weight room and outside and make sure we get in shape, I think we will be really good."

While he is prototypical size for a nose tackle on defense, Lark is a man of many hats for the Lions.

"I play defensive tackle, offensive guard, fullback and some linebacker," he said. "I used to start on the o-line and d-line, now I am starting on the d-line and possibly fullback."

He's a motivated player on the field and in the weight room. Whether it is practice or a game, he expects to give his best.

"I give 110 per cent," he said. "I don't slack even in practice. I motivate others and just do my thing. Overall speed and strength are my best physical assets."

He thinks he can turn those abilities into a college football scholarship where he would like to play on the defensive side of the ball.

"I really would like to play defense," he said. "If I am playing fullback, I don't care if I get the ball, I just like to hit people."

The letters from Division I schools are starting to arrive on a daily basis. He's well known, not just in the southeast but all over the country.

"I get a decent amount of letters," he said. "A few from Minnesota, Arizona State are probably the farthest. I got some from Florida and Florida State. I got one from Georgia. My team is Michigan, but they don't come down here much. I got quite a few letters from Florida. A lot of colleges like North Carolina, LSU, Texas Tech, Houston and I cant even think of them all."

As his senior season approaches, Lark looks forward to a chance to make a college decision. It will be a decision based criteria which he is busy setting this spring as he prepares for the recruiting process.

"They have to have a good academic program, because I like school," he said of his future collegiate choice. "I know a lot of people say that, but I do enjoy school. They also need to have a good football background. As long as they have good academics and the football team is decent I would go there."

Andy Lark is one of those do everything players that can be put anywhere on the field, simply because he is smart enough to learn the position. He is a coach's dream, physically capable of knocking anyone over or pursuing the ball.

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