With his commitment out of the way, Clark decided to visit Lubbock over the summer to get more familiar with the city and his future teammates and coaches. And he knew just the perfect travel companion to bring along.
"Joel [Gray] and I know each other from a couple of A&M camps, the All-American combine, and just recruiting. His school also had a power lifting meet where they competing against my school, so I know him from that," Clark informed us. "I just got to know him that way and then we text message and stuff, so when I decided to come to Lubbock and called him and asked if he wanted to ride down with me and he said, ‘Sure.'"
Clark and Gray made it to Lubbock Saturday evening and stayed until Tuesday afternoon, which gave them plenty of time to talk with some current football players and coaches.
"I had a good time. I just hung out with a lot of the players and coaches. I got to know a lot of the coaches really well, even the defensive coaches, and I feel like I have a really good relationship with them now.
"We stayed with Seth Doege and his roommates, and he showed us a really good time. We hung out with them for almost our whole trip. We also got to know Ryan Halliburton pretty well. Rylan Reed, Stephen Hamby, and Jake Ratliff also took us out a couple of times, so that was cool to get to know some of the other linemen."
Kyle also noted that Joel Gray was comfortable with the coaching staff and players they visited, something that should bode well for the Red Raiders when decision time comes for the highly recruited lineman.
"It seemed like Joel enjoyed the visit. He seemed to fit in really well with the other players and we had a good time. Me and the other players just tried to have a good time and not pressure him about recruiting or anything. I got a good vibe from him, and I think he liked the trip a lot."
Despite his commitment to the Red Raiders, Clark reported that he has been hearing from some other schools, although it has dropped off considerably since he announced his decision.
"The main school that's been talking to me since I committed to Texas Tech is Tennessee. They've watched a lot of video on me and like me a lot."
Red Raider fans don't need to worry, however, as Clark feels good about his decision and is can hardly wait to don the Red and Black.
"There's not much I can do if another school is going to recruit me; I can't really stop them from recruiting me. But I'm pretty solid on Tech. I like Lubbock and where I'm at with everything."