He said he chose Maryland not only for the football program, but because “it’s also a great school academically, and that’s what comes first.”
“Minnesota was coming at me pretty heavy, but that was going to be a tough choice because of the location,” he said. “I had a better connection with the (Maryland) coaches, so that topped it off.”
Clark said he has not talked about playing time with his recruiting coordinator Don Brown yet and doesn’t know if he’ll be red-shirting.
The rising senior will be in attendance to watch his future school in action as the Terrapins travel his hometown to take on conference rival Miami Nov. 6.
“The ACC is one of the biggest conferences out there, so that’s big for me,” Clark said.
Although he was recruited as a safety, Clark plays and produces on both sides of the ball for his high school team. He recorded 16 catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns as a wide receiver and picked off two passes in just the first three games of his junior year.
“I can play offense and defense, so I’m versatile,” Clark, who plans on majoring in business management, said. “I’m a smart player.”
While naming Brian Dawkins as a player he is similar to because of those smarts, Clark said he wants to work on his speed in his final year at Felix Varela. His 40-yard dash time is 4.5 seconds.
With his family, who he cited as playing a “major” part in helping him make his final decision, behind him and his skills on the field to boot, Clark is ready to rub Testudo’s nose in 2011.