"This move that I'm making now is what I need to do," said former
Youngstown, Oh. (Ursuline HS) quarterback Daryll Clark
enrollment into Kiski Prep instead of Penn State
. Clark, who
signed with the Nittany Lions last February, came up just short on his
academic work, a combination of his grades and standardized test score,
that he needed to be eligible to play as a freshman this fall.
Now Daryll will follow in the footsteps of a former Penn State great,
running back Curtis Enis, who also attended Kiski Prep before enrolling
into Penn State in the mid-90's. Clark will head down to Kiski
located in Saltsburg, Pa., a mere 110 miles from State College, on
August 25th in order to get himself settled.
"I've got to report there and get my self situated. I'll get put
into dorms and all that stuff," said Daryll, who expects to be at the
post-graduate school for nine months.
Because he did not qualify, Daryll's letter of intent to Penn State
becomes null and void. Does he plan on exploring his college
options or stick with the Nittany Lions.
"It could open up, but I'm not going anywhere else," said Darryl
"I talked with Jay Paterno earlier today. He just calling to
check up on me and seeing how everything was going, like how my summer
was, my lifting, and my weight," explained Daryll, who said he's up to
200 pounds but wants to hit 205 by season's start.
Did Jay Paterno indicate that the Nittany Lions are still interested in
having him attend their university?
"Oh yeah! That's another thing Jay and I talked about
today. It's a
done deal. They can't wait for me to be up there, wishing I was
up this summer. Same thing with me, but I've got to take this
When did Penn State find out that Daryll would not be eligible to play
for them this fall?
"They had the Kiski thing in mind for a while. It was like a just
case thing. I really don't know when they found out where I was
or what I was going to do, but when he had talked to me today he
sounded pretty sure I was going there. I guess he had talked to
head coach from Kiski."
Daryll will again sign a letter of intent in February with the Nittany
Lions. He realizes that going to Kiski could really benefit him
both academically and athletically because it gives him a years
separation from Anthony Morelli
and Paul Cianciolo
, both incoming true
While it is guaranteed he will have to compete when he reaches Penn
State, does Daryll know what the quarterback situation looks like at
Kiski for the fall?
"I don't really know. I know I'll have to work for it. I'm
looking to start up there and do some big things," said Daryll.
He does not yet know any of the students or football players at Kiski,
but he has visited the school and came away impressed by his
surroundings for most of the next year.
"It was real nice. It was very impressive. I didn't think
it was going to be like how I saw it. It pretty was laid
out. You have access to everything, so things are not really hard
to get to. It's all walking distance, kind of like a college
campus except it's really small. It's a nice atmosphere."
Although Daryll still needs to put the finishing touches on his
academics, he is determined and confident that this time next year Penn
State fans will be buzzing to get a look at their incoming freshman
(Interview by Steve Curry)
After signing with Penn State in February, former Youngstown (Ursuline HS), Oh. quarterback Daryll Clark learned he will not be academically eligible to play this fall. He will now attend prep school, hoping to bring his grades up. Are the Nittany Lions still his choice? How long will he attend Kiski Prep? Has Penn State been in contact?
Daryll Clark did not qualify so instead of Penn State, he will attend Kiski Prep.