Caracter, Sosa could play role in Clark's decision

Earl Clark is gearing up for his official visit to Louisville and his relationship with two of Rick Pitino's top commits - Derrick Caracter and Edgar Sosa - could play a key role in his own decision.

Earl Clark said he is "cool" about the prospect of playing with Derrick Caracter and Edgar Sosa if he decides to choose Louisville over Villanova in his recruiting process. And it appears Earl is willing to make a decision in the next couple of months between Louisville and Villanova despite some more high major interest.

"I am cool about playing with Derrick and Edgar," Clark stated. "I know them and I have played against them before and with them."

Another Big East school has also made a pitch for Clark's backcourt skills. "Syracuse has shown some interest recently," said the 6-foot-9 point guard from Rahway High School in Rahway, New Jersey. "It's a great school. But I am going to keep my list at two schools."

Clark, who played this past summer for Jimmy Salmon's Playaz Basketball Club of New Jersey, is an immediate impact player. He's likely to receive serious consideration for next Spring's McDonald's All American game. So it's not surprising that a big battle between Louisville and Villanova has formed.

"I like the way Coach (Jay) Wright handles his players," Clark said. "I like the way he relates to them.

"I also like Coach (Rick) Pitino," Earl added. "I like the style of play there too."

Both schools also indicated they want Earl on the court as much as possible. But a position is not a big priority for Clark. "They both told me they just want me to play a lot," he said. "I am not sure where I would play but I would have a chance to play alot."

Earl said it's an even recruiting race between Louisville and Villanova. "I plan on visiting Louisville on September 15th," Clark said. "I have already visited Villanova several times. So I know the school and the people there."

It's likely that Clark will make a decision in the Fall. "I would like to make it before my basketball season starts," he said. "So hopefully I can make my decision in the next two to three months."

Clark began school yesterday. "I am looking forward to this season," he said. "I like to get a little stronger too before I play college ball."

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