Rockbridge County sophomore offensive tackle Austin Clark has picked up a football scholarship offer from Virginia.
Rockbridge head coach Jason White said the 6-f00t-6, 275-pound Clark becomes the first sophomore in school history to land a Division I offer.
“That one was out of the blue,” White said. “I didn’t know they were working on evaluating sophomores yet.”They called on Thursday. They said they evaulated his film and liked it. I said, ‘If you liked his film, he’s 10 times the kid and the student than he is a player.’ ”
Clark, who was named to the All-Timesland Sizzlin’ Sophomore team, was the MVP this spring at the Schuman National Underclassman Combine in Richmond where he ran a 5.3-second 40-yard dash in wet conditions.
White expects more Division schools to get on board Clark’s recruiting train. Clark has squatted 500 pounds, cleaned 285 and has a 275-bench press.
“That’s pretty impressive for a sophomore,” White said.”I told him, ‘You might as plan on the next month or so being pretty hectic.’ He’s a tough kid and a great student. And he’s got the two things they look for most. He’s 6-foot-6 and he’s got good feet.
White said it is premature to gauge Clark’s interest in UVa.
“He really liked it, but it’s way too early to figure out if that’s the right fit,” the Rockbridge coach said.
Clark is the second sophomore lineman in the Blue Ridge District to pick up a Division I scholarship offer. Northside defensive lineman Chance Hall was offered by Maryland shortly after the 2012 season ended.
Junior center Coleman Thomas of Fort Chiswell committed last month to Tennessee.