Will Top SG Clark Visit VT?

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At 29-0 and ranked the #4 team in the nation by USA Today, Montverde Academy (FL) features one of the top remaining unsigned players in the country in 6-4, 185-pound two-guard Gary Clark . Virginia Tech is just one of many schools showing heavy interest in Clark, who may visit Blacksburg next month.

Clark was a commitment to the University of Florida, but that has not been the case since last October.

“It was a mutual decision for Florida and Gary to open things up,” Montverde Academy head coach Kevin Sutton said. “He does have a scholarship offer to Florida, but Florida said it would be all right if he looked around. He has an interest in them, but it’s not a high priority.”

In addition to an offer from the Gators, Clark also claims offers from Illinois, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Georgia is showing interest but has not yet offered. Virginia Tech is showing heavy interest, although an official offer may not be on the table at this time.

“I don’t know if Coach Greenberg said an offer was on the table, but I do know he said he wanted to get me on campus,” Clark said. Virginia Tech has shown significant interest since Clark first opened up his recruitment. “Coach Greenberg told me he thinks I fit into their program really well.”

Clark may make an official visit to Blacksburg on the weekend of March 3rd. Asked if this visit was set, Coach Sutton replied, “It is as close to being confirmed as it can be. We just have to talk to Coach Odom and Coach Greenberg again.”

Clark did make an official visit to Vanderbilt last weekend and was on hand to see the Commodores take out Florida.

“The Vanderbilt experience was great,” said Clark, who wants to make an official to Wake Forest as well. He is considering other visits, too, but has not made any firm decisions and says he is “keeping my options” open. “I went for the Florida game, and the win made everything worthwhile. It was a great atmosphere. It is not a big school or anything, but it is great academically and basketball-wise.”

In what is his first season at Montverde, Clark, who transferred from Booker High School (Sarasota, FL), is averaging 15 points per game while shooting 43-percent from 3-point range. He is also averaging 3.4 steals per game.

“He is a very good athlete,” Sutton said of Clark, who helped Booker to a state championship last season.