Tennessee continued its assault on the recruiting trail last weekend, hosting a wide array of high-profile players for official visits. Georgia commit Tyler Clark was one of the many who took in the sights and sounds of Knoxville over the Dec. 4-6 weekend, and the Scout four-star defensive tackle enjoyed the trip for his first official visit.
"It was great. I enjoyed it," Clark told InsideTennessee. "It was cold. We went to the stadium, got down on the field, were taking pictures. We went out to eat. We had a lot of dinners and stuff. That stadium there is humongous."
The Americus Sumter County (Ga.) High School star has been committed to the Bulldogs since May 15, but hasn't ruled out other schools and plans on taking his five official visits. Clark ranks as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the Peach State and is being courted by some of the country's most elite programs, including Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
Defensive line coach Steve Stripling serves as Clark's main recruiter and has enticed the 6-foot-4, 292-pound class of 2016 prospect with a proposal of potential early playing time. For Clark, early playing time is one of the most attractive propositions schools can offer him so far.
"He told me if I come in and work hard I could play my freshman year," Clark said. "I just want to go where I'm cool with my position coaches. I just don't want to go nowhere where I'm going to sit on the bench. I want to play my freshman year."
Tennessee was the first official visit for the No. 10-ranked defensive tackle in the South Region, with trips to Ohio State and LSU on the horizon. Clark told IT he's still thinking about where he'll go for his final two offiicial visits.
When it comes to his game, Clark says coaches are impressed by his explosiveness off the ball, pure athleticism and hands.
They say I got quick feet and quick hands," Clark said of the coaching staffs who are recruiting him. "I'm working on everything: technique, hands, footwork, everything."
The senior enjoyed seeing colossal Neyland Stadium and Tennessee's facilities, but in the end, the school that's able to develop the best relationship with Clark will be the one to land him.
"It's the coaches," Clark said. "The relationship with the coaches is a big part."