Clark excited for junior days

Clark excited for junior days

Khairi Clark already has more offers than he can keep up with. The top 2014 defensive tackle is excited to see as many schools as possible this spring for junior days and he's already got a few on his wish-list.

"This spring, I plan to do some junior days. I don't know which ones to attend because I've gotten so many opportunities to go up to junior days but I'm looking forward to doing a lot of them," Khairi Clark said.

"I want to go check out Florida, Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia, those are the main ones right now."

The Chaminade Madonna Prep (Hollywood, FL) standout likes Miami early and he said he had a great time on the Hurricanes' junior day.

"It was good, I had a good connection with the coaches, they were talking to me and my mom. It was really getting into my head, they were showing me a lot of stuff that I could have if I go there, showing me how I could go out there and get playing time my freshman year if I go out there and work for it because nothing is promised, you have to work for it," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle has been a Miami fan for much of his life and he says that does help where the Hurricanes stand with him.

"It's a big factor because I grew up watching them, I like the way they play, I like the stadium, I like seeing that Green and Orange and it just all motivates me," he said.

Another school Clark likes early is Maryland. A big deciding factor for him will be a trusting relationship with coaches, and he feels he's been developing that at Maryland already.

"I just like their program, I like the coaches a lot. My cousin, he plays there so he talks to the coaches all the time and he puts in the word for me, so they like me," he said.

Although a college decision seems like a lifetime away for Clark, besides the relationships with the coaches, there are things he'll be looking for as he begins evaluating schools.

"Some big factors will be, actually my mom and how she feels that I'm going to adjust in school, being alone and stuff like that since I'm the only child. She's always been there for me since I'm the only child and I'm very close with her," he said.

In fact, Clark's mom will be traveling with him on his junior day visits this spring.

"She's looking for a school where I'll be able to get playing time, a good graduation rate, a school with good academics, a team that's always together and always putting each other on their back," he said.

Clark is honored to have so much attention from big-time college programs at this stage in his high school career, but he's certainly not letting it all get to his head.

"I guess it's exciting, I'm just trying to stay humble and stay motivated, I'm not trying to let it all affect me," he said.

"I felt I performed well (last season), but I always think I could do better. I had 60 tackles, 9 sacks, and an interception, but I feel I can improve more, have more tackles, get faster and get stronger. There's always more to improve on."

Clark says the biggest area of his game he'll be working on this spring is his speed. Stay tuned to FOX Sports NEXT for all the latest on Khairi Clark and his recruitment.

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