Trace Clark Visits OSU Spring Practice

One of the top defensive end prospects in Kansas made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State's spring practice Tuesday. Trace Clark, a 6-4, 225-pound senior-to-be from Wichita (Collegiate), Kan., spent the day at Oklahoma State with his parents. We caught up with Clark on Thursday night to find out what he thought of OSU, the Cowboys' practice, and his recruiting plans.

"It was great. It was very nice. We got a tour of the campus, saw the dorms, and talked to the president of the school," Clark said of his trip from Wichita to Stillwater.

He also attended the Cowboys practice on Tuesday. "It was very interesting to see. It was good for me to see how the coaches interacted with the players, and the drills, especially when they were going live at the end," said Clark, who earned all kinds of honors after a junior season in which he had 64 tackles (43 unassisted), four sacks, two fumbles recovered, two fumbles caused, and a blocked field goal.

Clark said that he is up to eight offers – from OSU, Kansas, Kansas State, Stanford, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Iowa and Indiana – but probably will be receiving more in the coming days.

"I've got a lot of schools that are looking at me right now, and I'm excited about all of them," he said.

One school of interest is Oregon, where his older brother Zac was a defensive tackle the past two seasons. When asked to compare the football facilities at Oklahoma State with those at Oregon, Trace said, "I haven't actually been up to Oregon yet. I'm going up in June for camp and my brothers' graduation."

Clark also said he plans to attend camps this summer at Oklahoma State, Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas, and Kansas State.

The Wichita standout speaks highly of the Oklahoma State coaching staff.

"The coaching staff is great. They've really been talking and interacting with me. There is lots of experience on the coaching staff with Coach (Bill) Young, who is my position coach. He's great," said Clark, who said that Young and recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr are his two main contacts at OSU.

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