Miami (Fla.) Central defensive end Carlin Clark has had a very productive senior season. He led the team in sacks with 18 despite missing the last three games. Still, his recruitment has been rather slow. But things finally picked up recently as Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald came to visit.
"Coach McDonald came to my school," Clark said. "He had come down to my class one day and started talking to me and stuff. He said he watched my film and really liked what I was doing. He asked me if I had taken the SATs yet. I said I was still waiting for my score. When I get my scores, he said he's going to come down and get me. We're looking at setting up a visit for January sometime."
Currently, Clark is committed elsewhere. However, Syracuse is a school that could be a big factor in his recruitment.
"I'm verbally committed to Howard," Clark said. "I would say I would consider them because I'm from New Jersey which isn't too far. I have family in Jersey and stuff. To me, it's a real good school."
Clark is still learning about Syracuse, both academically and athletically. When McDonald came down to visit, he made a big impression on the Miami Central standout.
"That time he came down to my school, that was my first time meeting him," Clark said. "I thought he was a good coach. He was telling me he would work with me and help me get better. He said he would be there for me and that meant a lot."
Clark is unsure why his recruitment has not bee as active as he had hoped given his size (6-foot-3, 220-lbs) and productivity.
"It's not a grade issue because I've got a 3.1 GPA," Clark said. "I get basically straight A's in school. From that point, I'm really not sure why. Last year, I really wasn't known. Coming into this year, I was unknown. The only coach I talked to last year was from Howard. So I came into this year as a clean unknown without really having talked to many colleges."
Clark's position coach at Miami Central, Corey White, added that an offer from Syracuse would be a game changer in his recruitment and it could lead to him becoming part of the Orange's 2014 class.