Gators Land No. 20

Palm Beach Gardens (FL) William T. Dwyer is known for having some of the top football players in the country, including 2010 superstars and current Florida Gator commitments Matt Elam and Gerald Christian as well as 2011 players Nick O'Leary and Curt Maggit. The Gators can add another player from Dwyer as athlete Robert Clark has decided to pledge to Urban Meyer and the University of Florida.

When the offer came it just made sense for Robert Clark to join the Gator Nation. The 5-10 and 170-pound dual threat athlete with 4.39 speed has been a Gator fan for as long as he can remember.

"I wanted to be a Gator ever since I knew how to play football. Man, I can remember when I was about 11 years old and Deonte Thompson (God-brother) and I used to play video games against other. We both played with Florida so it was always Florida vs. Florida. When my mother heard the news she was very excited and said no matter where you go I'm here 100 percent."

As excited as Clark was he didn't tell the coaches his intentions of being a Gator until his official visit last weekend.

"I told Urban Meyer that I was going to be a Gator and he said great and he couldn't wait for me to go public."

Clark always thought the offer from the Gators would come but as far as how the news would be delivered that's a different story.

"Coach G (Gonzales) called me and put Urban Meyer on the phone. Then Coach Meyer told me the news, they were offering me. It was like everything in my mind was blank at the time. I didn't know what to say because he caught me off-guard and I was shocked."

Clark couldn't be happier about his opportunity to play for the Florida Gators or the opportunity to continue his football career with some of his closest friends.

"It will be real special playing with those guys in college. Man, I love those guys to death and we have a strong bond with each other outside of football. Not only Matt and Gerald but Curt and Nick."

As far as what position Clark plays remains to be seen. When Clark was at camp over the summer he played great at wide receiver and corner back. Vance Bedford told him he liked him at corner while Billy Gonzales liked him at wide receiver.

"I talk to Coach G the most and man that guy told me from day one that he was going to get me an offer from Florida and he stuck to his word. They want me to play offense kind of like the way Brandon James did. My game as a player I would say is speed. I play the game with speed and quickness. I think what separates me from everybody else is every time I get the ball I am thinking touchdown. Most players would be happy with a 60-yard gain and not a touchdown but not me because I will get mad if I didn't score. I don't run out of bounds I am not that kind of player."

Clark currently holds offers from Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Purdue, Vanderbilt, South Florida, Florida International, Iowa State, Marshall, Troy, Wisconsin and Louisville. He will take his official visit to Gainesville this weekend.

2009 to Date:
Dwyer is still in the playoffs and plays again tonight. This season Clark has 29 catches for 500 yards, two kick returns for touchdowns, one punt return for a touchdown and 40 tackles to go with three interceptions.

All-Area First Team. Clark ended his junior season with 50 tackles, four interceptions, 500 receiving yards and scored seven touchdowns - two from the defensive side of the ball. Take: Mike Bakas:
What to Like: When it boils down to being able to simply cover receivers, Clark's one of the best you'll find in south Florida this year. He has the natural hips, footwork, and instincts to stick with most receivers at this level. He has good football smarts and you can tell by watching him play out there. He doubles as a wide receiver on offense and isn't just used there as a decoy. He's a legitimate threat on that side of the ball and you can tell where he gets his ball skills from. Whenever the ball's in the air and he's near it, there's a pretty good chance that he's either coming down with it or at least taking it away from the receiver.

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