Florida center ponders UT

After four years of Scott Wells, Tennessee's football program is looking for a young center to groom for the future. The Vols may have found him in sunny Florida.

Richard Clark is a 6-4, 290-pound center for Seabreeze High of Daytona, the same school that produced superstar quarterback Xavier Lee, a 2004 Florida State signee. Clark may well follow Lee to Tallahassee but he's also looking at some other top programs.

''My top five is Florida State, Boston College, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Auburn,'' he told Ryan Jordan of TheInsiders.com. ''FSU is my leader. I've been a fan of them growing up. I went to the Miami game last year, and there was just so many fans there. Watching all the people do the chop was very neat.''

Like most prospects, Clark is looking for a coach he can trust and a staff that can help him grow as a player.

''The coaches will be the deciding factor,'' he said. ''I want an honest coach that's real down to earth.''

Like the afore-mentioned Wells, Clark is a guy who commands the respect of his teammates.

''I'm a leader,'' he said. ''I can be very vocal, and I keep my teammates up.''

Although he's pretty polished, Clark says he still needs to do some fine-tuning. ''I need to work on my footwork, and just improve overall,'' he said. ''I don't want to make any mistakes.'' Clark boasts a 330-pound bench press and has excellent numbers in the classroom, as well. He carries a 3.6 grade-point average and has scored 1100 on the PSAT. He sounds like a bigger Scott Wells, doesn't he?


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