Is Trae Clark Ready to Verbal?

Sunday afternoon placed Trae Clark of Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain High School in the national spotlight as his team played the final game of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown against Cocoa (FL) High School on national television. Following the game, Clark spoke with about where things stand and more.

The final game of the 2011 Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown showcased Ohio vs. Florida as Cincinnati Colerain battled Cocoa, Florida.

For Trae Clark and his teammates it was a great way to test how far they've come since their season ended in the playoffs last season.

How did the 6-foot-4, 340-pound Clark feel the Cardinals performed against a team with a long winning streak coming into the game?

"We just did our thing you know," said Clark. "We had our backs against the wall as they were fast and we were fast. We each have great players, but we just had to do our thing and get off the ball and play fast and play hard while never taking a play off or backing down. You saw what happens when we took a play off as they got a long drive and scored. We can never take a play off as that is how we'll win games."

For Clark the arrival of his senior season has gotten here quickly. Is he excited about his final year of high school?

"I've very excited for my senior season," said Clark. "I'm loving every second of it and I'm playing every down likes it's my last."

While Clark has not spoken a lot about his recruitment he did talk about his interest in Michigan State and where they stand with the other programs who have offered.

"I like the Spartans right now," said Clark. "But I'm leaning more towards West Virginia and plan on talking with my head coach after we get done tomorrow about it. I like them but I like the Mountaineers more right now."

While Clark was never able to make a visit to East Lansing, he's been to the West Virginia campus and came away impressed.

"I like Morgantown," said Clark. It's really nice and I could see myself being there."

As for the other things Clark is looking for in a college program, he stressed several areas of importance.

"Academics are big," said Clark. "I want a place that will help with my academics (tutoring) and I'm looking at the type of defense they play."

As for the rest of this season Clark has a few goals in mind.

"I want to get more in shape," said Clark. "That way I'll be able to get faster off the ball and become a better pass rusher. A team goal is for us to go 15-0 and win a state championship."

If Colerain can continue improving on both sides of the ball they might have a chance to reach the state finals at the end of the season.

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