Clark Gets Visit from RU Coach

There is no question that defensive end is a position of need for Rutgers. caught up with Wichita Collegiate School (Wichita, Kan.) DE Trace Clark to talk increased contact with Rutgers and if he will visit.

Of the 13 Division I programs to offer defensive end Trace Clark, Rutgers has an advantage in one major category — location.

Clark, who hails from Wichita, Kan., and is a rising senior at Wichita Collegiate High School, Rutgers offers a chance to be near New York City. Clark is interested in business and, to him, there is not a much better place to learn business than the Big Apple.

"That's a good aspect about Rutgers is the location," Clark said. "It's close to a big city It's close to the biggest city around, New York. That's the business capital of the world. It could work out really well for me."

Defensive end is one of the top positions of need for the Scarlet Knights in their 2012 recruiting class. Along with Don Bosco Prep's Darius Hamilton and Monclair's Julian Pinnix-Odrick, Clark is a top target.

Rutgers defensive line coach Phil Galiano flew all the way out to Wichita to get a look at Clark in a workout. The gesture, and interest by Rutgers, send a strong message to Clark.

"Things are going pretty well with Rutgers right now," he said. "Coach Galiano came out to watch me work out and he told me after it was done when we talked on the phone that he liked the workout.

"It was good to put a face to the name of the guy I've been talking to on the phone. He seems like a good guy."

When school gets out and high school football workouts end, Clark plans to start visiting schools. Before making any type of decision, Clark said a personal visit to the campus was "pretty important."

"All schools are even right now," he said. "I'll probably narrow the list down after I've visited a lot of these schools. I don't know when I'll want to make a decision, but definitely after some visits so I can compare."

Clark wants to visit Rutgers in late June or early July to coincide with one of the football program's summer camps and a feel for the campus.

Clark stars at tight end and defensive end for Wichita Collegiate. He would prefer to play on defense in college and that's where most schools see the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder.

"I like defense and that's what schools are recruiting me as," Clark said. "I'd rather be the hitter than the one getting hit."

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