Rialto (Calif.) Carter defensive tackle Kyon Clark (6-1.5, 354), is trying to show this year that he can drop weight and stay in against up-tempo offenses.
“Cal watched me and wanted to see if my weight was down and they want to see how I do against hurry-up offenses,” said Clark. “UCLA is doing the same thing, they want to see me against up-tempo teams.”
Clark said he’s hoping to shed even more pounds in the coming weeks, and thinks by the time wrestling is around, he’ll be at 320.
“I’ve lost some weight and I think I’ll be at 320 by the time wrestling gets going,” said Clark.
Cal and UCLA are the two main programs that he’s hearing from out of the Pac-12. Meanwhile, Montana has offered and Sacramento State could be close.
“I’m planning to visit Sac State soon and I think I’ll get that offer then,” said Clark.
The younger brother of UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark, Kyon said that the Bruins are clearly on his mind.
“I talk to Coach Angus (McClure) every Thursday and he just tells me to stay strong and keep working hard,” said Clark. “And if I could play with my brother again, I would. When I was a sophomore, I played center and he played guard and it would be nice to line up next to him again. If UCLA offered, it would be a no-brainer. I know they want me to get my weight down and I’m working hard to do that.”
But that doesn’t mean the Bruins have the absolute inside track.
“If I pick up a Cal offer first before UCLA, I’ll commit there,” said Clark. “Whichever Pac-12 school offers me first, that’s where I’ll commit.”
Clark played offensive line early in his career, but now all of his attention and focus is on the defensive line.
“Schools want me as a true nose guard,” said Clark. “I could play straight defensive tackle, but I’m most likely a nose in college.”
Clark said he’s watched his brother flourish in college after being under-the-radar to an extent, and thinks he can have that same impact.
“All my life, I’ve known how good Kenny was and I’m not surprised at all,” said Clark. “And while he’s doing what he’s doing, I know I can do it too. That’s why whichever Pac-12 school takes a chance first, whichever Pac-12 school offers first, I’ll commit to and prove it.”
With the top middle linebacker in the 2016 class, Lokeni Toailoa, playing behind him, Clark knows that he’s helping his defense and making things easier for Toailoa.
“Lokeni knows how it is, I’m doing all the dirty work,” Clark joked. “But our defense is really good and physical and Lokeni is a close friend. We’d love to play together too.”