Rutgers Offers Kansas Defensive End

Rutgers doesn't venture to the midwest high schools very often to recruit, but the Scarlet Knights went that direction earlier this week when it offered a defensive end from Kansas. ScarletReport.com spoke to the player, who was offered Tuesday, to find out why he is interested in Rutgers, and why the Scarlet Knights are reaching out to an area it usually does not recruit.

It takes a special situation for Rutgers to venture to Kansas in recruiting, and it found one in Wichita Collegiate School defensive end Trace Clark.

Clark, who is 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, is in the middle of Big 12 country, but is planning a summer visit to New Jersey to get a look at the Rutgers campus, tour the school and facilities and meet the coaching staff.

"Rutgers offered me a couple of days ago," Clark said. "They showed interest in me, I showed interest in them, so they decided to offer. It's a school I know, and my dad (and position coach) sent my junior film to them, and I think they liked it."

Clark spoke to the Scarlet Knights coaching staff to ensure it was a viable destination before the recruitment went moved forward.

"They wanted to make sure I was interested because they usually don't come out this far," Clark said. "They needed to make sure I was interested, and I told them I was definitely interested and the distance wasn't an object to me.

"They told me they needed a defensive end with good technique and talent, and that I fit that need for them."

Clark has a 4.0 gpa and also holds offers from Stanford, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Oregon, where his brother, Zac, was a defensive tackle the last two seasons.

He already visited Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State and Vanderbilt and is planning to visit the remaining schools in the spring and summer, which is when he will make his way to Rutgers. As of now, though, his knowledge of the Scarlet Knights is limited.

"Mostly I know it from t.v. and online, and then I know it's about 25 minutes away from New York, and the business capital of the world," he said. "Right now I'm looking at going into business finance, so that could be good for me. "I'm just looking to get out and see all of them so I can make an educated decision."

Clark said he does not have any leaders.


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