Clark Sets UNC Visit

Frank Clark has scheduled his first official visit and it will be to North Carolina.

"I set it up late last week – at the end of the week," Clark said. "I'm going this weekend."

Clark, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville, expects the remainder of his official visit schedule to be filled up by Akron, California, Michigan, and Penn State.

"I have dates set, but they're not final," Clark said. "I have to finalize them."

Of the aforementioned schools, Clark has received scholarship offers from Akron, Cal, and UNC.

"I have verbal offers from [Michigan and Penn State]," Clark said. "On my visit they should give me the paperwork."

Akron and UNC are recruiting Clark as a linebacker, while Penn State and Michigan like him at safety. Cal is the only school that believes his best fit is on the offensive side of the ball at wide receiver.

"I liked to be playing safety and receiver, but I can also play linebacker," Clark said. "I'm able to be put in the box and make a big impact. I'm able to be put on the hash and make a big impact. I'm also able to step on the other side of the ball on offense and make a big impact."

For nationally ranked Glenville, Clark played wide receiver, linebacker, safety, tight end, kickoff returner, and handled kickoffs this season. Defensively, he ended up with 65 tackles, 17 sacks, 22 QB knockdowns, and 11 QB hurries.

Clark speaks to Art Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach, weekly.

"I actually just got off the phone with Kaufman," Clark said. "He was talking about my plane ticket and getting down there as soon as possible."

During previous conversations, Kaufman has also discussed how UNC plans on utilizing him.

"He's not going to sugarcoat it or anything," Clark said. "They offered me and are recruiting me for a reason. They want me to come in and play as early as possible, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to have to work for my position.

"My plan is to go in there – if that's the school I potentially chose – and work as hard as possible, so I can best contribute to my team. If I'm not starting, I want to play a lot and I want to be a factor on my team."

Over the summer, Clark attended two camp sessions at UNC where he was only on campus for a few hours. Thus, he has a lot to learn about the school during this weekend's official visit.

"[I want to learn about] the people, the campus life, what are the adjustments I'm going to have to make coming from high school to college, and basically my overall academic schedule," Clark said.

The plan is for Clark to take all five of his official visits before making a verbal commitment. However, he's not opposed to being spontaneous.

"I'm a very shocking person," Clark said. "I could wake up tomorrow and make a decision. But I want to take these visits. If I find a college is where I'm meant to be that's where I'm going to be at."

Heading into his official visit schedule, Clark says he doesn't have a favorite school.

Clark says the deciding factors include early playing time, academics, and coaching staff.

"I want a family oriented coaching staff," Clark said.

He added that location won't play a role in his decision.

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