Kelvin Drake has given Clark quite the jump, though, especially now that the Denton offensive lineman has a scholarship offer from the Mean Green.
Drake was a standout offensive lineman for UNT and is now on the coaching staff at Denton, along with former UNT quarterback Nathan Tune.
“Coach Tune is always talking about UNT, and so is coach Drake,” Clark said of the two Broncos assistants. “Coach Drake is always giving us the eagle claw. He loves the school.”
UNT offered Clark and fellow Denton offensive lineman Judd Terry on the same day a few weeks ago. The Mean Green is also recruiting Denton defensive end Dailon Holmes.
Clark said the trio has talked about continuing their careers at the same college, but not in a serious manner.
Clark, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman, is interested in UNT for a number of reasons beyond the possibility of playing with his high school teammates.
Clark is an avid outdoors man and wants to earn a degree that would give him an opportunity to be a game warden. UNT offers that path.
The opportunity to stay close to home for his college career is also one that intrigues Clark.
“I am not afraid to go away, but I would love to stay here,” Clark said. That way my parents and friends can come and visit.”
Clark was a second-team All-District 5-4A selection as a junior as a tackle.
“North Texas likes me at center,” Clark said. “I’m playing tackle right now. My sophomore and junior years are the only times I have played tackle. All through middle school I played center. It’s a position I am comfortable with.”
UNT is the first team to offer Clark, but Tulsa, Arkansas State and Texas State have all shown interest.
Clark is planning to go to camps at both UNT and ASU and could quickly make a decision after those trips so that he can concentrate on Denton’s season.
The Broncos are hoping to change their fortunes this season behind the three players UNT is targeting in recruiting, along with a few other talented players.
“Our program has struggled for a long time,” Clark said. “The coaches are looking to us to lead the pack and make it one of our best years.”
By the time Denton begins that journey Clark might have ended his recruiting process and turned his focus to preparing for college, where he expects to gain weight and continue to develop.
“I might wait to see until the end of the summer and then commit to UNT,” Clark said.
Mean Green blog recruiting series
OL Judd Terry, Denton
CB Jerbrell Lipscomb, Navasota
LB Diamon Cannon, Killeen Shoemaker
DE Sam Miller, Canton
WR Jarvis Baxter, Trinity Valley JC
DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins — Committed to Texas Tech
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.