Auburn The Leader For 2014 Standout

Calera's Ronnie Clark discusses his visit to Auburn on Saturday and what has the Tigers in the lead.

Calera, Ala.--Ronnie  Clark still has plenty of time to make a decision on his college future as he's just heading into his junior year at Calera High School, but the big safety/wide receiver said following his most recent visit to Auburn that the Tigers are already the team to beat for him.

"It went good," Clark said of his Saturday visit. "I'm feeling more and more comfortable about Auburn. I don't know yet because I'm still deciding, but hopefully it could be my home. I don't know yet though, but I'm getting very close to deciding."

With early offers from Auburn and Clemson, the 6-3, 206 Clark has a pair of Tigers already on board for him. Having visited both already and wanting to see more of the schools showing him interest such as Alabama and Florida State, Clark noted that something about Auburn just jumps out at him.

"They are still my leader. Between them and Clemson I like Auburn a little bit better. It's not that far away from home, Clemson is about four hours and Auburn is an hour and a half. I just really like it down there.

"It's just more of a comfort feeling," he added. "I just feel like I'm at home and they are going to take care of me. Trooper (Trooper Taylor), he could be a second dad. That's what he wants to be. I just feel at home when I'm down there."

Visiting Auburn on Saturday with a football camp going on, Clark didn't participate after straining a hamstring this summer. He didn't waste his time, however, as he watched Brian VanGorder and Willie Martinez in action working with the secondary while also checking out Taylor with the wide receivers. He said that was good for him to see how they handle guys on the field and how they teach.

"It's good to be able to watch them because me, probably being at their positions, I can learn a lot more and take it to high school and then bring it back to Auburn," Clark said. "It's good to watch them. I like how they coach and how they talk to you. I could definitely see myself playing for them. I don't know if they are recruiting me as a receiver or a safety, but whatever they need me at I'm good to do."

Playing both ways for the Eagles, Clark said he's not sure where he will wind up on the next level and it's not a concern for him at the moment.

"It doesn't matter," Clark said. "I'd like to do both of them. I can play both sides if they want me to.

"It is good," he added. "If I'm not as great as they thought I would be at safety, I can be great at wide receiver or vice versa."

Hoping to play right away when he gets to college, Clark said both Auburn and Clemson could offer him that opportunity. Because of that he said both continue to be at the top of his list. Not ready to make a decision, he said when the time comes he'll sit down with his family and talk it out to decide what is best for him.

Clark said he may go to Alabama this week to check out Alabama, but is not sure if he'll go because of his hamstring. He said he's also hearing from Georgia.

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