Trace Clark Picking Up Offers

I had been hearing for about a month about a standout defensive end prospect out of Wichita (Collegiate), Kan., in Trace Clark. Now after doing the research and speaking with the young man, everything I heard is correct.

The 6-5, 240-pound Clark is a strong athlete from an athletic family and it is no surprise that after Junior Day visits to Oklahoma State this past weekend and to Kansas in January that the Cowboys and Jayhawks have offered scholarships.

He is heading to Kansas State this weekend, and has already been offered along with an offer from Indiana.

Clark's parents both went to Kansas State and his father was a defensive end for the Wildcats. His older sister played volleyball at Arkansas, another sister is currently playing volleyball at Arkansas State, and his brother just wrapped up his college football career starting at Oregon during the Ducks tremendous season.

"Yes, I was there at the (BCS championship) game and it was an amazing experience right up to the last two seconds," said Clark. "It was still a great experience and I loved being around all of it."

Oregon is also recruiting Clark, along with LSU, Nebraska, Northwestern, and UCLA.

He is busy right now with basketball as Collegiate is heading toward the playoffs with a 16-2 record and Clark averages 13.8 points per game. In football, he finished his junior season with 64 tackles, 43 unassisted, 4 sacks, 2 fumbles recovered, 2 fumbles caused, and a blocked field goal. He has a 300-pound bench press max and a 375-pound max on the squat.

An excellent student who is a candidate for valedictorian, he is considering majoring in business or engineering. Again, his college visits so far were to Kansas and Oklahoma State.

"They were both great and I was able to see all the facilities and spend time and meet the coaching staff," said Clark. "Both schools showed me and my family a good time and were able to share what they had to offer.

"Right now, I'm just playing it by ear," continued Clark of his plan for making a school choice. "I'm seeing what happens and who out there is interested."

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