Ohio QB Finalizes Future Plans

<b>Daryll Clark</b>, a strong-armed quarterback for Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio, confirmed reports that he made a verbal commitment to attend Penn State. Daryll discusses his decision and talks about when he plans to enroll at Penn State.

Name: Daryll Clark
Position: QB
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Hometown/School: Ursuline HS, Youngstown, OH


Daryll threw for approximately 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns in 10 games this season. His talents earned him scholarship offers from Iowa, West Virginia, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Indiana, Akron, Toledo, Penn State and Bowling Green.

Thursday evening, the coveted quarterback confirmed reports that he made a verbal commitment to attend Penn State.

"You and I both know that I had an idea that I was going to choose Penn State for a while now," Clark told LionNews. "I was just getting my final thoughts in as far as other colleges and how I was going to go through with this decision. I thought about everything thoroughly and I really came to decide that Penn State is the place I want to be.

"Joe and Jay Paterno were up at school today and we were talking. It was real nice. My dad was there too and we were just talking about some things. After they left, the news people came up and this is when I made it public."

Daryll actually wanted to commit to Penn State a few weeks ago, but the Nittany Lion coaching staff told him to wait until they fully evaluated Daryll's academic standing.

"What's going to have to happen is I'm going to be attending prep school to get my test score up and once I finish a year of prep school, I will be enrolling at Penn State."

If Daryll does indeed fail to qualify, he will enroll at The Kiski School, a college preparatory school in Saltsburg, PA (30 miles east of Pittsburgh), this fall and attend there for one year.

"For a year," acknowledged Clark, "and after that, when I get everything (grades) up and take everything I'm supposed to, then I'm a Nittany Lion. I got the word from Jay that they were going to take me after I finished, but they were referring me to Kiski. I do know for a fact that when I leave Kiski, they said they had a spot for me."

What separated Penn State from the rest of the schools in which Daryll was interested?

"Penn State has something that noone else has--, well, I'm pretty sure every college has it, but not as good as Penn State and that's their tradition. I feel that that's something I want to be a part of because the tradition at Penn State is real special. When you're with a special tradition, special things come, especially when you're with a great guy like Joe Paterno. I just wanted to associate myself with that."

What did the Nittany Lion coaching staff say they liked about Daryll?

"They just said they like my arm strength and that there are a couple of things to work on, field vision, speed, all those things that you have to work on to become better at the next level."

Daryll will not take any more visits to other schools.

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