Clark picked Missouri because of passing game

One of Missouri's current pledges for the Class of 2009 picked the Tigers over the likes of Penn State, Pittsburg, Temple, U Conn and Minnesota. Pennsylvania's Jaleel Clark loved the offensive system of Gary Pinkel's at Missouri and decided to visit the Show Me State. One visit was all it took. Go inside to see what Clark has to say about his commitment.

Missouri has an offensive reputation.

Not in the bad way but in a very positive way for the Tiger offensive unit. Since Gary Pinkel's arrival in Columbia, he has installed a very productive and successful offensive system, one that makes offensive play makers want to journey to the Show Me State.

It was Missouri's offensive prowess that led a Pennsylvania native to commit to the Tigers. Allentown's Jaleel Clark made the journey to Columbia over the summer and committed to the Tigers shortly afterwards.

"It's a great school," Clark told Friday afternoon. "I love the offense they run. Missouri will give me the opportunity to make a lot of catches in my career. It will be up to me to make things happen after the catch. I feel I can be a big time play maker for the Tigers, a difference maker."

Clark is listed at 6-foot-3 and a half, he has apparently grown a little since that last measurement.

"Right now I'm a little over 6-foot-5, that's what I measured at my official visit at Missouri two weeks ago. I'm weighing a little over 200 and my last forty I ran I was clocked at 4.56."

Clark already knew that he had made the right choice, that decision was reconfirmed during his official visit two weeks ago.

"I got a chance to hang out with my future teammates, I fit in with them really well," Clark said. "Missouri is a program on the rise. They have gone to four back to back bowls, but what's funny is the best is yet to come. You can see that in the players and you can tell that from talking to the coaching staff. We are going to be a program to be reckoned with on the national BCS level."

Clark isn't sure what the immediate future holds for him as far as early playing time, or a possible red shirt.

"We haven't really talked about that too much," Clark said. "I will be ready to play if they need me; if they want me to red shirt I will do whatever is best for the team."

Clark is currently holding official offers from several schools closer to home, but the talented wide receiver fell in love with football in the Midwest.

"I have offers from Penn State, U Conn, Pitt, Temple and Minnesota and a few others," Clark said. "It just felt like home at Missouri, it's a great place, a great campus and a great situation for me."

Clark was also impressed with the Tigers head coach.

"Coach Pinkel is a great coach but more importantly a great person," Clark said. "I made the right choice, I'm not taking any other visits, and Missouri is the right place for me."

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