Former Texas prep standout Jeffrey Lark may not have finished his high school playing days in the Lone Star State, but the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder may make his way back in that direction in the near future.
The Cedar Hill High graduate, who is being recruited by college coaches at every defensive position outside of the line, maintains interest in a number of schools across the South, a handful of which have already extended scholarship offers.
“I’m looking pretty seriously at Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee,” Lark said. “Out West I am looking hard at Utah and California. I feel like both those schools will be offering soon. I’m heading out to Cal later this month, and I plan on seeing Arkansas and then possibly TCU.
“I have been to LSU, Utah and Purdue already.”
Lark plans to make his decision either at the end of July or in early August, an indication that the three-star prospect has a feel for what his selection could be. From there, he will graduate from Bridgton in December and enroll in the college of his choice by January.
“Right now we are trying to take things one day at a time, because it gets tough when you have family and friends in one ear and then coaches in another,” Lark said. “I have a good feel for things, but there’s still some more schools I need to check out before I will know for sure.
“I’m not looking to waste any coaching staff’s time, and the schools I am down to are ones that I am sure about.”
The scholarship from LSU came from defensive coordinator John Chavis, who put a call into Lark’s coaches in Maine and shared the good news. As with most out-of-state prospects that land an LSU offer, the news was well received.
“I was excited when I first heard about it, and they are pretty high on my list right now,” Lark said. “I haven't really gotten to know the coaches as well as I have with some other schools, but being from the Dallas area, it’s well-known what LSU is all about. The coaches told my coaches that they really like me as a cornerback, so I’m looking into things.”
Lark, who finished his final year at Cedar Hill with 197 tackles, is also being recruited by Utah as a cornerback. Arkansas and Cal have offered as a safety-outside linebacker. Purdue’s offer came at outside linebacker.
“I’m not worried about positions,” he said. “It’s equal to me. I have changed my body, tuned it up, and I’ve become a lot faster and quicker. I just got back from team camp at Syracuse and we watched film and I looked a lot different, much more natural at corner and outside linebacker. People who have looked at my tape have offered. The position is the only thing they debate.”