Kansas DE Clark reports on Stanford visit

Wichita Collegiate High School (Wichita, Kan.) defensive end Trace Clark took his official visit to Stanford last weekend for the Washington game. Clark visited The Farm unofficially over the summer, but said his official trip was an entirely different experience.

"It was really different because this time I got to see more of the football aspects of things," Trace Clark said. "In the summer I got the tour and heard about the academics, but this time I got to talk a bit more with the coaches, meet some of the players and be able to see them in action, them playing. I think that was what was really different this trip."

Freshman defensive end Charlie Hopkins hosted Clark, who partook in the usual visit activities. The three-star recruit identified the fan support and interaction with Stanford players and students as highlights of the trip.

"What really stood out were the fans at the game," Clark said. "They were into the game and we sat right next to the student section. They were loud, and there were a ton of students there. That's what I liked about it.

"Then, also, [I liked] just being able to hang out with some of the players after the game. I got to meet some of the players, and players weren't just hanging out with other football players, but they were hanging out with some of the students. I think I met some of the girls on the soccer team who were there. Everyone was just hanging out together because they were all the same type of good people. They mix together with regular students; I thought that was a great aspect of the school."

Clark also got to know some fellow Cardinal recruits.

"I got to spend a lot of time with Luke Kaumatule and I really enjoyed spending time with him," Clark said. "Also, Noor Davis was up there and we talked for a little bit, and Blake Martinez, also a commit, was on an unofficial, and I got to hang out with him and Noor for most of Sunday. And Luke and I were hanging out Saturday. They were all good guys and fun to hang out with."

The visit helped cement what Clark already knew about Stanford, and the opportunities it offers both on and off the field.

"I think there are great opportunities at Stanford," Clark said when asked what attracted him to the Cardinal program. "The opportunity to play some good football and the opportunity also to get a great education, but it's not only about the education but the people who are here. You can make some very good connections. Also, they said that they have a summer internship program where you can make some connections that can help you land a job after graduating, or after you spend some time in the league, so I thought that was a good program. Also, just the people there, they're athletes and they're competitive, but they're also smart about it and I think that was personified in how at halftime of the game they went in and made some adjustments and held Washington to negative rushing yards in the second half. I thought that was amazing."

Despite those rave reviews, however, Clark is taking a measured approach to recruiting, and doesn't plan on making a commitment any time soon. He still claims a top seven of Iowa, Stanford, Purdue, Kansas, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Clark has visited each school on his list (aside from Oregon, where his brother, Zac, played), either officially or unofficially, and might take a few more trips after his high school football season ends.

"Right now I'm going to focus on the rest of my high school season because we're headed into the playoffs, so we'll start playing on Saturdays and I won't be able to make any more trips," Clark said. "I'm really considering the whole recruiting [picture] and the schools that I've been to and are still on my list, and maybe seeing if we can narrow it down during that time. We'll see what happens."

In the meantime, Clark hopes to hear good news from Stanford's admissions office.

"I actually filled out my application, and I sent that in during the summer," Clark said. "They got back to me saying they'd like to see some of my first-quarter grades. My first quarter ends this Friday and we'll send them the grades. I talked to Coach Anderson about admission when I was there on Sunday, and he said to send in those grades, and with my test scores and the grades that I have, they'll look over my application, and I shouldn't be too worried."

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