Clark to Begin Taking Official Visits

With his NCAA Clearinghouse registration now complete, Frank Clark will begin to schedule official visits.

"I'll be setting some visits within these next couple of months," Clark said, "so I can determine which college I will be attending."

California and North Carolina are Clark's only definite official visit destinations. They are two of the three schools that have offered the 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville.

"If any other schools like LSU or Michigan wants to offer, then I'll be taking an [official] visit there, also," Clark said. "I want to visit a school that has interest in me. You can tell what schools have true interest in you by the amount of attention they show you and, basically, if they offered you or not. I want to use my visits wisely."

Clark's recruiting stock has improved this football season with new interest from Iowa, LSU, Michigan, Ohio, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Clark doesn't have any official visits scheduled. However, he and UNC are working on setting a trip up for the weekend of Oct. 30. The Tar Heels host William and Mary that Saturday.

"I've got to make sure everything is right with my family [before scheduling the official trip]," Clark said. "[The UNC coaches] have been trying to get me down since the East Carolina game."

Clark won't take official visits during Glenville's playoffs, because those games are played on Saturdays. Glenville's regular season ends in two weeks.

"I wanted to come down to [UNC for] the Virginia Tech game, actually," Clark said. "I know that's going to be an exciting game. I'd hate to miss that game."

Clark isn't favoring any schools, but says California and UNC are recruiting him the hardest.

"It's a tough race between those two," Clark said. "They are two different programs, two different sides of the country, and two different positions they want me to play."

California is recruiting Clark as a wide receiver, while UNC projects him as a hybrid linebacker/safety.

"I've always been a wide receiver, but I became better on defense in high school," Clark said. "My coaches taught me to be an athlete."

For nationally ranked Glenville, Clark starts both ways and handles kicks and kick returns. This season alone, he has played wide receiver, tight end, linebacker, safety, defensive end as a pass rush specialist, and nickel back.

Art Kaufman is recruiting Clark for UNC, but Clark says he talks to "everyone" on the coaching staff regularly, including Butch Davis.

"They send me postcards [and] letters, [and] talk to me [on the phone]," Clark said. "On the first day coaches were allowed to call, Coach Kaufman called and woke me up and said ‘Yeah, I'm just waking you up, making sure you get to school on time.'

"They give me weekly updates about certain players, who they see me as, seeing how school is going, and wishing me best of luck on the rest of my season. They talk about getting me down there, but they don't really talk about football – they talk about life."

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