Duke has offered '15 OT

Austin Clark

Offensive line is always a position of need in each recruiting class. Duke has jumped into the class of 2015 with both feet, and have extended an offer to this high major OT prospect out of Virginia.

"Right now I have offers from Duke, Tennessee, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina," said Lexington (Va.) Rockbridge County High standout Austin Clark. "I am also hearing a lot from Indiana and Georgia."

Clark currently measures out at 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, and is being recruited as an offensive tackle by each school on his early list.

"I've always been a tackle, and I'd say my biggest strengths on the field are my size and strength, but I'm also always working on improving my footwork."

The combination of attributes appears to be working for Clark who finished his junior season with 32 pancake blocks in 11 games. He brings that production and skill set into a senior season where he'll be called upon not only to improve his production, but also to push his team further than they've gone before in terms of post season play.

"I'm the only returning offensive lineman from last season, so I have to step up and really be a leader on the line this year. My team has lost in regionals twice so far, so the number one goal is to make it out of the region and into the state playoffs."

With so many early options, there's always a chance Clark could commit early on and forego any further recruiting, but that doesn't really seem to be the goal at this time.

"The entire recruiting process is very exciting for me, but it can feel overwhelming at times too. Thankfully, my parents and coaches are helping me out a lot."

One school who has continued to make contact early on is Duke. The Blue Devils' lead recruiter for Clark is assistant coach Re'quan Boyette. Early on the former Duke running back has made enough of an impression to keep his program in the running.

"I like the Duke option not only because of their football program, but also their academics. I also like the coaching staff a lot. I've tried to stay in contact with them over the summer, and things will be a lot easier for me now that I can receive written contact from them."

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