At 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, O.J. Clark does not look like a typical Division I football recruit. But his blazing speed makes up for his size, and that impressed SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips enough to offer him in June. Clark has 4.4 40-yard dash speed, and the SMU commit said he’s spent his summer getting even faster.
“This summer, I’ve been working on my speed,” Clark said. “I’ve been doing a lot of agility [work] and getting faster. I work out at school and at the CrossFit.”
Phillips attended many of Clark’s spring practices at Wichita Falls (Tex.) High School and watched Clark work out at SMU’s camp in early June, but Clark says he mainly talks to SMU special teams coach Carlos Barocio-Leon.
“I’ve talked to [Phillips] a few times,” Clark says. “He tells me to email him any questions, but we talk a little bit. I really talk to Coach Carlos, that’s who I talk to.”
Clark plays wide receiver and cornerback for Wichita Falls, but he says that the SMU coaches will only have him play on offense.
“I’ll be playing inside receiver or slot receiver,” Clark said. “[Coach Carlos] hasn’t told me anything about [special teams], but if I do get on special teams I think I’ll be a punt returner.”
Clark’s performance at SMU’s June camp helped him earn the offer, and he went back to SMU for its July camp.
“I went there to a camp, I went the 27th (of July) I think,” he said. “I think they are going to bring me in for the homecoming game. I think I’m going to go to the TCU game too.”
Clark said he is eager to return to a solid Wichita Falls team, and he thinks the Coyotes can be a threat in the playoffs too.
“I’m really excited for it,” Clark said of the upcoming season. “The day came really fast, and I’m ready to really hop right into it. I think we have a really good chance at making a deep playoff run. We went four rounds deep last year.”