Clark's decision coming soon

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Austin Clark's decision date is fast approaching on June 12, but the Scout three-star offensive tackle hasn't made up his mind just yet.

Clark wants to narrow down his list to four programs the week before his announcement, and in order to get a clearer idea of his true favorites he's planning a few visits in the coming weeks.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder will drop by South Carolina on May 31 and has tentative plans to visit Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

"The recruiting process has been really great," Clark told InsideTennessee. "But because I'm gradating early I just feel it's time to make my decision. I'm just really excited to know for sure which school I'll be playing for next year. I'm excited for that next step."

At the moment, Clark says everyone in his top seven — which consists of Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State and Ohio State — is still in the running.

Clark does admit, however, that Tennessee and South Carolina are recruiting him hardest.

"Tennessee was one of the first programs to show really, really big interest in me and that means a lot," Clark told IT. "They're really never stopped trying to reach out and build a relationship with me. I like a lot. That's something I don't just forget."

Simply put, there's a lot Clark likes about the Vols. So much so that he can't name a favorite aspect of the Tennessee program.

"I've been to Tennessee four times now and every time I'm there I just love it more and more. Everything about the place is great. I just love it all," Clark said. "It's a great place to be. I love the fans, the traditions, the coaches."

The Rockbridge County (Va.) High School standout said early playing time and feeling comfortable with a given program's coaching staff will be the most important factors in his upcoming decision.

The Vols get checkmarks in both areas.

"I feel so comfortable with all the coaches, really. I like them all a lot. But (Tennessee offensive line coach Don) Mahoney is just a great guy. We have a very strong relationship and we talk about just everything — football and family. He's really a good coach," Clark said. "He tells me they need tackles badly, too. Which, again, is exactly what I want to hear. I'm just very comfortable with the coaching staff."

But Clark is comfortable with more than just Tennessee's coaching staff.

"Tennessee, it just feels like home when I've visited," Clark said. "It's like a home away from home. Knoxville is a good place. They've been one of my favorites the entire recruitment process."

Clark currently plans to release his top four on June 7.


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