Frank Clark was a thought by many to be more of an offensive prospect heading into his senior season, but his standout play on defense this year has caused the collegiate projections for the 6-3, 205-pounder to shift to the other side of the ball..
"I think I just really had a great season overall," Clark told GoBlueWolverine. "I ended the season with a career best in sacks, going in with 19. I ended with 70 tackles and 19 sacks. I had a fairly great season. With playing on both sides of the ball, I was trying my best to have my team make it to the state championships. Unfortunately we fell short, but we just have to look past that and get ready and prepare for college."
Clark, who had been a constant at several combines and camps throughout the spring and summer while touring with Raw Talent Sports, has been on Michigan's radar for quite sometime. While other FBS schools came forward with offers, the Maize & Blue hung just in the shadows, until yesterday when they formally extended an offer for Clark.
"Well you know I have North Carolina and Cal and a few MAC schools and things of that nature, but Michigan came to my school last week and they told me they knew about me and they had been very interested since the summer time," Clark reported. "They've followed me for near eight months so they kept telling me and I kept getting word that they'd offer me through articles and blogs. I really wanted this offer real bad. I like the school a lot. I enjoy it when I'm down there. Michigan basically, when they offered me, the coach came in this morning for me only. He told me he was there to talk to me only and talk things out. We set up my official visit for January 7th, 8th and 9th.. Basically he told me that North Carolina would try to get me after the visit and that they were offering me and wanted to widen the variety for my college choices."
Clark, who is familiar with the Wolverine coaches due to camping in Ann Arbor and participating with Raw Talent in Michigan's annual 7 on 7's, has already seen a small glimpse of what it means to be a part of the Maize and Blue family.
"I like the coaches a lot," he said. "When I was down there, I was talking with the coaches and they were very serious about football. That's how I am. I'm very serious about my craft. This is what I do. Football is my life and it's what I was born to do and the coaches coach like that, like it's what they were born to do. They love their players. When I was down there, Coach Rodriguez had one of their freshman quarterbacks riding around with him and that showed me that he really cares about his players and wants them to become great men in the future and potentially make it to the NFL."
Many Wolverine fans are aware the apparent predisposition of Glenville players to opt for Ohio State. Clark, however, doesn't hold that same mindset.
"It would be something I'd most definitely consider, because I like being a trend setter," stated Clark. :I like people following in my foot steps instead of me following theirs. I'd love to start a pipeline to go to Michigan, or any other school, but Michigan is a great school. Just being the first one to go there following Pierre Woods, following that type of name out of Glenville, would be excellent and great. It's a great fit academically and athletically."
There are a few other Glenville players who currently hold offers from the Wolverines, but that has no effect on Clark, nor his visit plans. He is dead set on what he wants to accomplish with his visit.
"Coach Tall told me that he doesn't like the players to come down in groups," Clark explained. "He wants them to come down, but we set it up for the 7th, 8th and 9th (of January) because I'm the only one from Glenville with that date. I'm not going down there to have my friends or fellow players there. I'm going down to learn about the college and to get a better feel for it. I want to learn more about the people, players and coaches. If any of my teammates were to come too, I obviously wouldn't mind, but I'm there for business."
While some may consider Michigan late to the party, Clark doesn't share that opinion. The Wolverines sit up near the top with the Tar Heels and Golden Bears.
"Well Michigan has followed me, so it's not like they've never been in the picture and they're just coming in now. They've always told me they were very interested in me and it was just a matter of time before they offered me. Michigan is just up there with North Carolina and Cal because they are a great school and they stand corrected from those NCAA violations and it's just a great school."
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