There has been a lot of talk regarding the Missouri class of 2014 for it's offensive line talent coming out this year. However, there is a very good class of defensive line talent that hasn't received quite as much notice.
One of the rising defensive line prospects is Rockwood (MO) Summit DT Brandon Clark 6'4" 285 5.0 forty, who is part of they Show-Me state's good crop of defensive linemen.
Clark, who recorded 55 tackles and 2 sacks from his DT position as a junior, brought me up to speed with his recruitment.
"I have had a few more schools showing me interest as of last," said Clark. "Tulsa is a school that might be close to offering. Their coach came by my school and said they liked my playing style. I am going down there on June 1st for a visit and camp. Illinois is another school that has shown more interest. I went to their junior day and like it a lot. It's a nice campus and weight room. I like them a lot. I will be camping with them on June 8th. Coach Ford from Missouri came by my school a while ago. I spoke with him and he said to keep up the good work and they will evaluate me and like to see me at their camp. I might camp with them too. Besides those schools, Valparaiso, SIU-C, Western and Eastern Illinois have been by my school and are showing interest."
The big linemen started out on the offensive line last summer, but coaches saw his athleticism and decided to move him to defense.
"Coach came up to me during the summer and said that I have a lot of heart and they needed more size on defense, and so I moved there and I liked playing in side. I like being able to blow up plays. I face a lot of double teams, but I like the challenge."
Schools are starting to notice Clark's size and athleticism, something that runs in the family. His older brother is 6'10" basketball standout Will Clark, who signed with Texas Southern before heading to Indian Hills community college in Iowa. The younger Clark also played basketball before realizing football was his sport. Some of that athleticism he used in basketball transferred over to the field.
"Coaches tell me they like my feet. I have good feet and footwork and I am explosive and physical. I can use that to shed blocks and fight off double teams."