Coming off an excellent junior season in which he totaled 150-plus tackles including nine sacks, Granby (Norfolk, VA) star Telvion (pronounced Tell-vun) Clark had one thing in mind when it came to his off-season workout plan…run, run, run. All of the training – including a stint on the track team – has paid off for the 6-1, 205-pound linebacker prospect, who showed off his speed at Virginia Tech’s camp on Saturday.
“My intention going in to the camp was just to play like I usually play,” Clark said. “I wasn’t trying to do anything spectacular. I knew I could run a 4.4 in the 40 and I did that. Another thing was that, going in, Coach Newsome had told me the only reason I hadn’t gotten an offer was because they were only taking 10 guys in the class. I went out and shut some guys down and got the offer.”
For Clark, who consistently posted a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash last year, perhaps the most rewarding part of Saturday’s experience – besides getting the offer, of course – was impressing defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
“I came down to visit for the Spring Game and I don’t think Coach Foster really knew who I was then. Once he saw me play yesterday, he got on me,” Clark said. “He was hyping me up throughout the camp, so I knew I had to be doing something right. He said he really liked my aggression. I thought we worked well together.”
Receiving the actual official offer from Virginia Tech turned out to be an interesting experience.
“At the end of the camp, Coach Newsome got all his guys together and gave a speech. He was just telling everyone not to get down if they didn’t get an offer because they have limited scholarships. Then, he gave me this look. I didn’t know what to think of that,” Clark recalled. “But, I knew Coach Foster liked me because he said I was very impressive. Coach Newsome told the group to get with the GAs and go on a tour. When we all got up, he told me to stay put. From there on out, I pretty much knew they were going to offer me. When we went into Coach Beamer’s office, he had a written offer waiting for me. He said it was hard to find someone at my position who is so loose and is that fast.”
Virginia Tech is very high on Clark’s list of schools, which also includes East Carolina (offer), Illinois (no offer), Marshall (offer), North Carolina (no offer), Penn State (no offer) and West Virginia (offer), among others.
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