SMU extends new OL offer to Jemar Clark

Jemar Clark, a 6-6, 285-pound offensive tackle, is the No. 4 overall rated player in the state of Arkansas. He holds a few offers and recently received a new one from SMU. Though he admits he doesn't know much about the Mustangs, Clark is interested and plans on taking an official visit after high school playoffs.

Jemar Clark, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound three-star offensive tackle from McCrory High School (McCrory, Ark.), has recently received a scholarship offer from SMU.

Clark is the No. 4 overall rated player in the state of Arkansas and holds offers from Kansas, Oklahoma State, Memphis and Arkansas State.

Until he was approached by SMU offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm, Clark hadn't heard much about the Mustangs.

"I haven't really looked at SMU before," Clark said. "But I am looking right now. It would be a good school, I know they have great academics there."

Clark said that academics, in addition to football success, program history, coaches, players and closeness to home are the most important things to him when picking a school.

Dallas is about a 5-6 hour drive from his home in McCrory, so that is a plus for Clark and his family.

Clark admitted he doesn't know much about June Jones or the Run and Shoot.

"I don't really worry about that, I just want to get in there and do my best to help the team," he said.

Clark mentioned program success as an important factor when choosing a school and said that SMU being more of a program on the rise is appealing to him.

Clark says his greatest strength is run blocking, his biggest weakness is his footwork and that he doesn't have a preference of starting right away or taking a redshirt.

"Whatever the coach wants to do," he said.

McCrory plays Strong in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs this week. Clark says his team can "go all the way" this year.

"Our offensive line is a veteran group," he said. "We haven't given up that many sacks, maybe two or three, so we're doing good. Our running back has rushed for over 2,600 yards and he's about 200 or 300 yards yards away from breaking the all-time state record."

Clark said that Strong has a "phenomenal" running back, but his Jaguars are expecting to win.

Clark is waiting until his high school season is over to take official visits and plans to take in SMU's campus in early January.

Scout national recruiting analyst Mike Coppage took some time to watch Clark's film. Here's his analytical breakdown:

"Watching Clark's video, a couple things stand out immediately: First, he has the quickness and speed to pull from the left tackle position, which shows that he's a gifted athlete. Clark moves very well for a guy who is 6-6, 285. Clark has a nice first step and when he pulls, he gets along the line of scrimmage in a hurry; there's no need for the running back to hesitate and wait for the play to develop.

"Second, Clark plays defensive end – not defensive tackle – and that again demonstrates his athletic ability.

"On Clark's highlight tape, he blocks a punt, which is very impressive. Again, he's not one of these huge linemen who is simply a space-eater. This kid has dexterity. It looks like Clark might enjoy defense a little more than offense at this point, which is understandable.

"He plays on the 2A level in Arkansas, which is a state that goes up to 7A in classification. In other words, Clark is a big fish in a small pond on the 2A level, and he's pushing around defensive linemen who are often outweighted by upwards of 80 pounds.

"On some offensive plays, he goes until the whistle and actively seeks out defenders to block downfield. On other plays, he doesn't show the same tenacity. He'll need to be more consistent in the future."

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