Alabama OL will camp in search of offer

Duke has been in contact with several linemen who are hoping a strong camp performance will secure a Blue Devil scholarship offer. We spoke with Alabama guard Steven Clark about that situation and more.

Measuring out at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds with a 5.0 forty time, Guntersville (AL) Brindlee Mountain standout Steven Clark has the measureables to make an impact at the next level. He's also putting in the work this summer to prove his on the field abilities match his vitals. And he's taking the show on the road in a big way this month.

"I'm going to 10 camps. June 1st is MTSU, June 2nd is Memphis, June 7th is WKU, June 8th is Cincinnati, June 10th is Troy, June 11th is UAB, June 12th is Vanderbilt, June 14th is Duke, June 17th is Southern Miss, and June 25th is South Alabama."

Several of those programs have jumped in with early offers and heavy interest according to Clark.

"I've been called and visited by Troy, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt, UAB, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Memphis, MTSU, LA-Lafayette, Tulane, Furman, Wofford, Murray State, and Central Arkansas. So far, Southern Miss, Troy, South Alabama, Central Arkansas, Murray State, and Furman have offered. I'm also scheduled to talk with the offensive line coach at Duke."

That's a lot of interest early on, and more has trickled in as teams evaluate their depth charts and needs. For Clark, that means pushing back the decision makeing process at this early stage.

"Most teams see me as a guard or center, but I can also play defensive tackle. At this point I haven't narrowed down my list in any way, but distance isn't a factor either. I'll go wherever I have to go."

When contemplating Duke's early interest, Clark says he thinks the defending Coastal Division champions have moved close to the tipping point with regards to making an offer.

"I've been in contact with Coach Johnson the most. Coach Latina is supposed to be calling me soon. I don't know if there's a definite offer coming, but Coach Johnson seems to be pretty high on me. I think that if I do well at the camp, I should get an offer."

And what do the Duke coaches say in terms of what they like when the evaluate Clark from afar?

"I was told by Coach Johnson that I bend well, am tough, and am athletic. I believe they're wanting me as a guard or center."

When he visits Durham later this month, he'll have a chance to not only meet the coaches in person, but also tour the campus and learn more about the program. Of course, Clark says he knows quite a bit already, and he likes what he sees.

"They don't really need to sell themselves. Duke is one of the best colleges in the nation, they went to a bowl game, and they finished the season ranked 23rd. That sells itself."

Following his camp circuit, the prospect will return home and prepare for his senior season. It's one that will require work on both personal and team goals.

"My teammates and I are going to be working really hard in the weight room and on the field this summer so we can get Brindlee Mountain to the playoffs for the first time ever. My personal goals are to break 420 on my bench, 600 on my squat, and bring my 40 time down below a 5.0."

"I'm also hoping I open enough holes so that my team mate Kolby Walls gets over 1,000 yards rushing this year. This summer, I'm going to really work on my technique to make sure that happens. Hand placement, feet, leverage, the whole package. I want to open holes so big a school bus could drive through. Penalties hurt us each year, so I think that we really need to cut down on them. We'd get a 20 or 30 yard run, and it'd get called back for holding, off side, false start, or something like that. We have the players to make the playoffs, we just need to be more disciplined and cut down on penalties."

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