Clark Adds Fifth Offer

Downingtown (Pa.) East offensive lineman Michael Clark discusses his Rutgers scholarship offer and first visit to campus since the Scarlet Knights beat Tulane during the 2014 season.

Downingtown (Pa.) East offensive lineman Michael Clark came to Rutgers with multiple ties to the school, and left with an important one – a verbal scholarship offer.

Clark was one of the key names on campus Saturday for junior day. He received an in-person offer from coach Kyle Flood, which is his fifth overall.

“It’s very exciting,” Clark said. “I’ve been wanting to come back for a while. I’m ecstatic that I got the offer today. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been getting mail from them like every day for a year.”

Clark comes from the same school as former Rutgers starters Taj Alexander and Tyler Kroft. Alexander was a three-year starter on the offensive line, and Kroft declared for the NFL draft after two years as the starting tight end.

“I like that a lot of Downingtown guys have come here and been successful,” Obviously Tyler is in the combine and Taj was here. It’s cool seeing guys that went to my school playing in the Big Ten every week and competing. That’s my dream. That’s what I want to do. Right now, that’s not my main worry. My main focus first is to win a District Title and being a good leader.”

Clark said he got a full view of the Rutgers program, including a facilities tour and modeling time with the school uniforms.

“It was cool putting on the uniform,” Clark said. “They have great uniforms.”

The visit ended when Clark and family met with Flood.

“I think he’s a really cool guy,” Clark said. “I have weekly phone calls with the coaches, and they’re always telling me that it’s a great place for offensive linemen because they have so many coaches. Coach Flood is an offensive line guy. Coach [Mitch] Browning is great. It’s just exciting, and it’s right down the road. If I do go there, my family can watch me play.”

Clark has unofficial visits planned for both South Carolina and Rutgers during spring practice, but said he is not close to a decision.

“I’d like to wait until after my senior season,” he said. “I know the recruiting will come. I’m focused on my team first.”

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