What I Learned Watching: Tyler Clark

ATLANTA - Matt DeBary takes a look at Americus-Sumter DL Tyler Clark.

Tyler Clark is a massive 6’4, 290-pound DL who had a monster Rising Seniors game. I was watching his Team Commitment teammate Clinch County DL Chauncey Manac a little more closely in the first half, but Clark was the guy blowing up the plays. Even when Manac and McEachern DL Julian Rochester lined up beside him, Clark was the guy who stood out to me most and made the play. Manac is more of a pass rusher, and Rochester is the guy stuffing the run, but it felt like Clark was doing both all night. Tyler Clark was the only guy that I saw who beat Georgia commit and five-star Stephens County OL Ben Cleveland.

Like Stockbridge DL Charles Wiley, Clark is not a big-time recruit, but he already looked like a colligate player out there. He was tall, easy to notice, and had long arms. He showed strength and a great bull rush to get into the backfield, as well as a nice little swim move that was tough to handle. There was maybe a drive or two where he didn’t exactly blow up a play, but he made multiple big plays in the backfield at the start of the game, and also towards the end. The defensive lines for both teams were full of great players, but I thought at the end of the game Tyler Clark was the second best defensive lineman for either team.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Clark’s recruitment blow up in the next few months. In an all-star game like this, I think it’s much tougher for the offense, especially the offensive line, to gel and establish continuity than the defense. That might have been a factor for Clark’s success, but I still believe this guy can be an impact player on the next level. He was very quick off the ball, and just made plays. Clark was constantly in the backfield, and he is a guy I think people should watch out for in the 2016 class.


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