The Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney star and brother of fellow 2017 commit Jamaal Beaty checks in at No. 40 on the Scout 300. And Clark does not plan to be the only Scout 300 member of the 2017 Rutgers class.
“This is very exciting because we’re doing the next step to put Rutgers back on the map,” Clark said. “Eventually, it’s not going to take just one year to build a program to where kids are proud to represent their own state.”
Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep Johnathan Lewis is an early target for Clark.
“I’m going to Rutgers almost every weekend I can get just to get the feel of how they work out and watch practices, learn the plays, get to know the coaches more,” he said. “After that I’m starting to recruit my state. I’m trying to get quarterback Johnathan Lewis. I know he’s holding off. He’s my boy. Whatever his decision is, I’m with him through it all.”
Proximity to home and family connections were selling points for Clark, who plans to discuss the same with any Rutgers prospects within hearing distance.
“It feels great to know that our family doesn’t have to travel all over the country just to come see us,” he said. “If we have some away games at Rutgers, it’s easier for them to buy the tickets and come see us.
“ … My mom really loved it from the beginning. Even from last year when Rutgers wasn’t even on my radar, she said to give them a chance. She knew that something big was going to happen at Rutgers, that they were going to get a new coaching staff and she just said to always have them on your list. Have a mind for Rutgers.”
The players at Rutgers are improved recruits since Ash took over the program, Clark said, and guard Dorian Miller built a connection with both St. John Vianney commits.
“I like Dorian, that’s my boy,” Clark said. “I got his number and I started talking to him. He lives 17 minutes away from the campus.”null