The New Smyrna Beach wide receiver, however, said he likes it that way.
“I always say, ‘If you are going to be the best, don’t let anybody know,’ .. that’s when they start coming for you,” said Clark, whose latest offer came Tuesday night from Rutgers to add to his other 20 previous offers, which include state schools Miami, USF, FAU, FIU. UCF is also apparently close to offering.
Like NSB coach Lance Jenkins said, “It might be easier to count the ones who haven’t offered.”
But Clark just plays it off.
“I don’t get caught up in all that I-did-this and I-did-that stuff. At the end of the day, I still have to focus on what’s going on with my team,” Clark said. “I’m here to win. I’m going into my senior with the goal to get out there and try to win games, and at the same time, have an idea of what trying to do with my future.”
Clark is so laid back that it doesn’t seem like anything can bother the No. 18-ranked player in the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60. It was only recently that the standout speedster, who’s best 40-yard-dash time is 4.39 seconds, finally had a recruiting profile posted on the Rivals.com website.
“Yeah, I looked maybe once ... but did it bother me? Not really,” Clark said. “Like I say, I don’t really get caught up in that type of stuff.”
Clark, who had 28 catches for 576 yards and four touchdowns (he also had four rushing and two return TDs) as a junior, is known for his speed and great hands. Though he was disappointed with his results from the state track and field championships two weeks ago, he still clocked 10.71 in the 100-meter prelims and 21.51 in the 200-meter prelims. In the finals he finished fifth in the 100 (10.85) and sixth in the 200 (21.80).
He has yet to narrow down his list of 21 Division I-A schools offering him, and he said he’s just now beginning to do some research.
His first offers came last fall with Miami and Purdue checking in. Purdue was no surprise, since former Barracuda Raheem Mostert had such an outstanding freshman year in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers see plenty of reason to go back to the well.
“I’m just grateful I have the offers that I do and I’ll just take it from there,” Clark said. “I’ve done a little research but I haven’t really singled out any schools or anything like that.”
Clark said schools not only like his athletic ability, but also his grounded approach to college as a student athlete, and not just a football player. He won’t have any problems qualifying with his GPA combined with test scores. He’s taken the SAT already and scored a combined total of 1540, with a 1020 in the two core sections of math and critical reading.
“The college coaches say they like that I have a good balance of education and time on the football field,” he said. “They like that I know what I’m trying to do and what I’m trying to do is more than just be successful on the field.”
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.