Clark finds comfort-level at Louisville

Zac Clark listed Louisville as one of his leaders prior to making an official visit with the Cardinals over the weekend. Did Clark's visit to Louisville help the Cardinals chances with the 6'3, 250-pound Butler (KS) C.C. defensive end?

"It went pretty well," Zac Clark said. "I just went and saw the school, met a lot of the guys and the coaches. I had a pretty cool time. On a scale of 1-10 I would probably rate it an 8.5. I liked the town. It reminded me a lot of Wichita. It's got a lot of famous stuff with Mohammed Ali, Churchill Downs. It's a real nice area. "

Before the Cardinals game against West Virginia Saturday afternoon, Clark and Louisville's other recruits got a pre-game briefing from athletic director Tom Jurich. "We got to meet him before the game on Saturday and he talked to a few of us about coming down there and how they're all a family," Clark said. "He was just selling the college real well."

Louisville lost their fourth straight game against WVU to drop to 5-6 on the season with one game left to play. How will Louisville's current struggles factor into Clark's decision?

"As a program right now they're struggling but a lot of that has to do with injuries," Clark said. "This week they didn't have both starting safeties or starting corner and they were also missing their starting d-end.

"They think they'll be fine in the next year or two and take it (program) back up. They've got good expectations for the program next year and they were just trying to get that in my head and make me believe it. I do believe that – they have a lot of freshmen talent. They're trying to bring in some JUCO guys to provide some experience. I think they'll be fine next year."

Louisville could be just the right situation for Clark, who will graduate from junior college next month and is looking for a place to play right away.

"It looks like a situation where I'll be able to come in and fight for some good playing time," Clark said. "At no place do I just expect to come in and play. I know I'll have to fight for playing time. (Early playing time) is one of my top factors because everyone wants to come in and be able to play right away."

In addition to early playing time, Clark also said he'll consider academics and his comfort level with a particular school to help him make a college decision.

"It all comes down to what kind of feeling you have," said Clark. "I felt pretty comfortable around everybody at (Louisville). Even though they're losing right now the coaches still have them in a good frame of mind. They're still optimistic about their chances of making a bowl game and they realize they're young and looking to the future. I felt comfortable around them."

Clark will visit Boise State next. "I've got my trip to Boise State next weekend," Clark said. "Louisville gave me a good base to compare."

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