Manchester (Midlothian, Va.) four-star 2019 quarterback Brendon Clark's very first offer from Wake Forest May 18 was expected, but not his second power-five look. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Clark landed Maryland after offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Walt Bell watched him throw May 23.
“It was kind of shocking,” laughed Clark. “I’d never seen or heard from Coach [Bell] before. But he saw me throw for like five minutes, and then all of a sudden my coaches stopped me. Then Coach Bell said that was enough, and he offered me right there.
“He couldn’t talk to me much, but he said he liked what he saw [at the workout], and he liked my film as well. He said he wants me to come up to a camp in June just so I can get a feel for how he coaches and all that.”
Which Clark plans to do. He said he was excited about his second offer and plans to be in College Park, Md., for a one-day in the summer.
“I’m very interested in visiting and seeing how it is up there. I want to get a feel for the coaches, the campus and what they have to offer,” Clark said. “From what I know, they’ve recruited a couple good quarterbacks the last few years and run a similar system to what we do here at Manchester.
“We run a spread system, and when I watched Maryland on TV last year I noticed they had some of the same concepts we have. So it could be a good fit.”
Beyond what he’s seen on television, however, Clark knows little about Maryland. He didn’t have any comments on the Under Armour connections, Big Ten affiliation, academics and the like.
Some schools he does know about, though, are Wake Forest and Duke. He’s been to both multiple times and has each firmly on his radar. The Deacons, of course, have already offered, and the Blue Devils could be close.
“Wake saw me throw at a 7-on-7 and the offer came three days later. That was a good offer to get. I love that school, and the facilities for both academics and athletics. It has great academics, the football program is building and it’s a great environment,” said Clark, who has also visited NC State and South Carolina. “And Duke, I’ve been there a couple times too. A Duke offer would be big. I loved it down there; I love their coaches, their offense and also their academics.”
Clark plans to return to Duke and Wake for camps this summer, in addition to those at Maryland; Clemson; and maybe UNC and NC State. He’s open to others as well, depending on what college coaches show interest.
After checking out the aforementioned programs, it’s possible Clark could make an early college decision. He said he’s aware quarterbacks tend to commit sooner rather than later and allowed, “I could do something this summer.”
“I kind of want to,” said Clark, who has no conference preference. “I kind of already know what I want in a school. I want to major in premed, biology or kinesiology, so a place with great programs in those fields is big. Then just the atmosphere, how the coaches treat you, and the overall feeling of the place.
“I’d like to play in a spread system too. I can play other types of offenses, but the spread is my favorite.”
Clark is coming off a season where he threw for 2,373 yards and 18 touchdowns. He rushed for 279 yards and three scores.
Clark considers himself a pass-first gunslinger, but admitted he can use his feet to make plays when he has to.