June 2, 2013

VTO Underclassmen camp: Raleigh notebook

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- You can take the prospect out of Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco, but you can't take the Don Bosco out of the prospect.

Class of 2015 tight end Chris Clark made the trip to the VTO Sports Underclassmen event at the Athletic Performance Center outside of Raleigh and was one of the top performers on the day.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound player left national power Don Bosco for Avon (Conn.) Avon Old Farms prior to his sophomore season, but his attitude about the game has a definitive slant toward his old school.

"I like to compete," he said. "The coaches at Don Bosco taught me a lot about toughness and work ethic. I really learned how to be a winner there.

"I am at Old Farms now to become more mature and get my grades where I want them to be. The recruiting is starting to pick up as well."

Avon Old Farms is a boarding school where Clark will live for three years prior to college. He says it is helping him to be ready for the adjustment to college life with the demands on time and personal accountability.

He received his first offer last week from Temple, and it will be far from his last.

Programs including Stanford, Maryland, Boston College, Connecticut and Penn State have been in contact.

Clark's passion for the game will have him on a monthlong tour of the Atlantic East looking to battle for scholarship offers.

"A lot of schools want to see me in person and see me compete," Clark said. "I am more than willing to do that. I want to show everyone what I can do."

He will do one-day camps at Syracuse and Boston College on June 8 and June 9, respectively.

The next week, he will be back on Tobacco Road with stops planned for N.C. State on June 15 and Duke on June 16. Then he will head back north for stops at Maryland on June 17 and Penn State on June 22.

July will include his first stop at an SEC program, when he will compete at Tennessee on July 19 and 20 before completing the circuit by going to Virginia on July 21.

"It is a lot, but this is what I want to do," Clark said. "I like to compete."

Clark showed impressive raw skills for a player his size in Raleigh. He ran a laser-timed 4.84 in the 40-yard dash and had a 29-inch vertical jump.

He said that, while he is open to all programs right now, his preference is to stay on the East Coast for college -- with one school in particular at the front of his wish list.

"I want Penn State," he said. "The way Coach (Bill) O'Brien uses the tight end and what he did with Rob Gronkowski in New England, it is a place I could see myself.

"I know they are six-deep at the position right now, but that is where I want to go and I am not afraid of competition."

Leesburg (Vir.) Tuscarora athlete Jordan Fisher is looking to take the next step. The class of 2015 prospect came to the combine with offers from Georgetown and Old Dominion, and he has hopes of upping his profile. After spending his sophomore season as a wide receiver, he expects to move to free safety, where he can use his size and physicality to showcase his athletic ability. Without knowledge of the combine layout, he brought his cleats and wore Sperry boat shoes. The testing was conducted indoors, where he still managed to impress in testing without the benefit of proper footwear, running a 4.85 laser-timed 40-yard dash and doing a 28-inch vertical.

Class of 2016 athlete Tim Glass became the talk of the combine with his size and athletic ability. Glass will turn 15 in two months, and he is already 6-foot-1 and nearly 200 pounds with a size 14 shoe. His father is 6-foot-2, and his mother is 5-foot-11. He played all over the field for Danville (Va.) George Washington as a freshman, mixing in time at linebacker, safety, wide receiver, tight end and quarterback, but his future is likely in the defensive backfield. Glass said he believes he is close to his first offer from Cincinnati and that Wake Forest will be next in line. He has major aspirations with Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio State and Georgia constituting his dream top five.




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