Clark Sets The Bar

Buchtel High School defensive end Anthony Clark has made no secret as to where WVU stands in his recruitment. After his weekend visit, are the Mountaineers still firmly planted atop his list?

Dominating Akron native Anthony Clark has had one team at the center of his recruiting process for a long time. Since receiving an offer from West Virginia in early June, the defensive standout knew the Mountaineers were his leader.

The 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive lineman left West Virginia with the same feeling he had coming in after dominating Sunday's one day camp, earning MVP honors in the process.

"The trip was unbelievable," Clark said. " I got such a good feel for the coaches, staff and whole facilities. I just felt so comfortable. It was an amazing time."

During the course of Sunday's individual camp, Clark was benefited by working with Mountaineer defensive line coach Erik Slaughter. While pressed to work in "uncomfortable technique" by Slaughter, Clark feels he will be benefited by what he learned.

"Coach Slaughter made me work on some things that made me uncomfortable," he laughed. "He wanted me to work on lining up on the right side on the line with my left hand down. It was different than anything I've ever done. It took me some time to get used to it but it'll make me a better player."

Before coming to West Virginia, Clark openly talked about the possibility of ending his recruitment while on his visit. And while that didn't happen he's still adamant where the Mountaineers stand.

"I absolutely love West Virginia," Clark said. "I sat down after camp with my dad and Coach Slaughter and talked about everything. I'm going to definitely be making a decision by July 27th -- that's when I plan to come back to West Virginia for another camp."

This summer Clark plans to continue to work out at his school with his teammates. He doesn't plan to visit any other schools during that time.

"I don't believe I'll be visiting anywhere else," he said. "I'll talk it over with my dad and see but it may just be a visit again to WVU. I'm just going to focus on working out and getting better with what I learned at camp today."

In addition to the Mountaineers, Clark also holds offers from Toledo, Akron and Kent St.


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