3-star Kansas DE cuts list to seven

One of the top prospects in the Sunflower State for the Class of 2012, Wichita (KS) Collegiate defensive end Trace Clark certainly boasts the most offers - with 14 on the table at final count. Recently, he spent some time cutting that list in half, and Friday spoke with Scout.com about the finalists.

After a summer full of camps, travel and campus visits, Trace Clark decided to get down to some yard work this week - metaphorically speaking - by trimming his offer list from a gargantuan 14 to a more manageable seven.

With the exception of Rutgers, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect from Wichita (KS) Collegiate managed to visit every one of his offerees this summer, so to say his decision was well-informed might be something of an understatement.

The schools that made the cut? In no particular order - Stanford, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon and Iowa.

Clark informed the other seven schools this week of his decision, thanking them for their offers and their interest.

"Just with these trips, I was able to see almost all the schools except for Rutgers," he explained. "I was able to compare what I liked about each one and see where I'd fit in best."

With his senior campaign on the gridiron kicking off Monday with two-a-days, Clark is focused on bringing a Kansas Class 3A State Championship home with his teammates. So a timeline for making a final recruiting decision has, understandably, not been set.

However, he is already preparing to take another step in the process.

"Right now, we're looking at planning some official visits," Clark said. "And I can make unofficials at Oklahoma State, K-State and KU because they're so close, so I can just go up for a weekend and catch a game."

One thing he'll keep a close eye on in the weeks ahead is which prospects are committing to the schools on his final list; though, ultimately, his decision will come down to far more than just roster space.

"I'm hoping to get some of these official trips so I can see the game day atmosphere," Clark said. "And just the whole atmosphere of the campus, the students, the stadium and how the team plays, and how the coaches coach."

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