Clark felt comfortable with Louisville

Maurice Clark, a three-star wide receiver from Saddleback (CA) CC, didn't commit to Louisville during his official visit over the weekend. But, Clark tells InsideTheVille.com that he's nearing a decision and has a clear-cut favorite in mind. Can a visit from Steve Kragthorpe Monday night seal the deal with Clark for the Cardinals?

Maurice Clark, a three-star wide receiver from Saddleback (CA) CC, didn't commit to Louisville during his official visit over the weekend. But, Clark tells InsideTheVille.com that he's nearing a decision and has a clear-cut favorite in mind. Can a visit from Steve Kragthorpe Monday night seal the deal with Clark for the Cardinals?

"I'm really close to committing to Louisville," Clark told InsideTheVille.com Monday. "I feel comfortable with the environment at Louisville and that's the most important thing for me. I had a great experience on my visit. The campus, the environment, I loved it all."

Clark, a 6'4, 215-pound wide receiver, made an official visit to UofL over the weekend. Monday night, Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe and assistant Brent Myers will make an in-home visit with the three-star recruit in California.

Might Kragthorpe's visit seal the deal for the Cardinals? "There's always a possibility," Clark said.

Clark caught a team-leading 43 passes for 628 yards and eight touchdowns this season at Saddleback CC. Last season, Clark hauled in 30 passes for 543 yards (18.1 yards per catch) and a team-leading six touchdowns during his freshman season.

Clark is set to graduate from Saddleback this month and, if he chooses Louisville, would enroll at UofL next month and participate in spring drills. With Harry Douglas and Patrick Carter departing, Clark could help fill the void at wide receiver for the Cardinals.

"They lost some seniors that are really good," Clark said. "When I watched film with (Jeff) Brohm he sees that I'm a big, physical receiver that can come in and contribute right away to the offense. I can catch the long ball. I can catch the short ball and take it deep. I have no problem blocking. So I can be used all over, especially where those open spots are."

During his visit, Clark said he felt like he fit in well with the Louisville players and coaches.

"My host was Trent Guy," Clark said. "He's a great kid. I met a lot of the guys on my visit and everybody made me feel at home. I forgot that I was a recruit for a minute – I felt like one of the boys. So I felt real comfortable. I was in a comfort zone. Everyone from the females to the graduate assistants made me feel at home."

Besides Louisville, Clark also has offers from Akron, Washington State and Oregon State. Clark, though, freely admits he's leaning towards the Cardinals.

"I'll probably make a decision this week – probably Friday or Saturday," Clark said. "I've loved Louisville ever since I was in high school. I remember when Brian Brohm was a freshman. I just love their offense and how they spread the ball."


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