Aaron Clark ‘s decision-making process was not a stressful one…at all. He knew where he wanted to go, so once he got the offer he wanted he was ready to decide. A little over 6 months ago, Clark received an offer from UVa and shortly after became the 10th player to commit for the 2005 recruiting class.
“That was the call I was waiting on for a long time,” Clark said, talking about getting an offer from UVa. “I grew up here in Virginia. Growing up I watched Virginia and Virginia Tech on TV. Then I started making regular visits to Charlottesville and I fell in love with it. It’s just so exciting to be a part of the program.”
Starting early on in his high school career, Clark worked hard to land an offer from his #1 school.
“I went to UVa’s camp after my freshman year and again after my sophomore year,” Clark said. “After my sophomore year, the coaches started keeping in touch with me on a regular basis. Coach Rocco came to some of our games during my junior year, and I guess they just liked what they saw.”
What UVa no doubt likes is Clark’s combination of size and athleticism.
“I finally stopped growing so I’m starting to fill into my body now,” Clark said. “I’m starting to put on weight. I hadn’t been able to put on weight before that. I’m 6-6, maybe a little over, and now I’m a solid 225 or 230 pounds. Last year I was only 218 pounds.
“The last time I was timed in the 40, I ran a 4.69. It was at the Penn State Nike Camp. That’s pretty good for someone my size.”
Last season, Clark played tight end and defensive end for Rockbridge. He enjoyed a very productive season defensively, racking-up 50 solo tackles, 24 tackles-for-loss and 6 sacks. This season he has moved to defensive tackle. The move has hurt his production some, but he doesn’t care given his team’s record.
“The biggest thing is that we’re winning,” Clark said. “We’re 6-1. I haven’t had the year I had last year. I moved to defensive tackle instead of defensive end. It’s been tough because team’s can use so many different blocking combinations on you at defensive tackle. It’s been slow but I’m finally getting back in the swing. Last week I had 8 tackles. I’m starting to attack more like I did last year.”
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