Clark Set to Visit Texas A&M

A&M could use an infusion of immediate help on both sides of the line, and one possible impact player is Butler CC defensive end Zac Clark. Websider's David Sandhop sits down with the recruit about his season, background, and plans to visit Texas A&M.

Times are good right now for Butler Community College. The Grizzlies are preparing to defend their JUCO national championship this Saturday against the Badgers from Snow College. Times are also good for Grizzlies defensive end Zac Clark who is also seeing his recruitment pick up in recent weeks.

"I'm having a lot of schools coming by and asking about me," Clark said. "I'm trying to balance the recruiting with our season. It's tough. I'm a mid-termer so I need to take my visits, but right now I have to focus on the game this Saturday."

It will be a clash of the two best teams in the junior college ranks with Snow College ranked No. 1 and Butler ranked No. 2 in the Top of the Mountains Bowl at Sandy, Utah this Saturday at 1:00 pm central time.

"We won it last year and this will be our biggest test against the No. 1 team," Clark said. "To repeat, we'll have to beat the best. That's the way we want it."

While the national championship game is the ultimate goal for Clark and his teammates, it is causing a challenge for the 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end with 4.75 forty speed to complete his official visits and choose a school at the D-1 level. He recently took trips to Louisville and Boise State and came away impressed with both schools.

"I got along well with the team at Louisville and I like the defensive line coach Ken Delgado," Clark said. "At Boise State, I really liked the atmosphere at the game and the crowd was great."

Clark will definitely take one more official visit to Texas A&M and possibly two if his schedule can fit it all in over the next two weeks.

"Coach Doll at Texas A&M offered me and I'm going down there either the middle of next week or that following weekend (Dec. 13-14). It depends on how I feel when I get back from Utah," Clark said. "If I go to A&M mid-week, then I may try to squeeze in a trip to Oregon on the weekend."

Originally from Manhattan, Kansas, Clark is somewhat familiar with Texas A&M being in the Big 12. He knows the Aggies have a good football program with a lot of resources to be successful, something assistant coach Kirk Doll made clear in a visit to the school on Monday.

"I know a little about A&M, but not much. I know they have a good program and will do what it takes to win," Clark said. "Coach Doll has been filling me in a lot about the school and the football program. I'm looking forward to my visit."

At this point, Clark says he's wide open and wants to finish his visits and take a couple of weeks to think about his options and what is best for him. While playing time and depth charts are important to most junior college prospects with only two years of eligibility, the Kansas native says he's not worried about that.

"Since I'm a JUCO player, they wouldn't be recruiting me if they didn't need me to come in and compete right away for a spot so that's not a big issue for me," Clark said. "I'm mostly looking for the right fit for me, a place where I feel most comfortable with the coaches, players, and the people."

Clark has over 70 tackles on the season, including nine sacks, 17 tackles for loss, and an interception. He says his greatest asset as a player is his mental approach to the game and his motor that goes 100% at all times regardless of the situation. He indicated that a decision will likely come just before Christmas as he'll need to enroll in January.

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