Granby’s Clark Focused on Virginia Tech

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Granby (Norfolk, VA) did not make the playoffs, so the high school football career of Telvion Clark is finished. The 6-1, 208-pound linebacker has not wasted any time in preparing for his future at Virginia Tech, though, working out and getting ready for indoor track season. Clark may do one more thing as well in hopes that it would help him on the next level.

Besides working out and running track, Clark may wrestle for Granby. He has experience as a wrestler, claiming to have captured state championships in his middle school days.

“I called Coach Newsome and talked to him about it,” Clark said. “He said it would be good for my balance and awareness. I’ve heard that it is proven that wrestling will make you a better tackler, too.”

Clark detailed the rest of his off-season plans.

“Of course I’ll be doing a lot of working out,” Clark said. “I’ve got a few guys in mind that I want to work out with. Last summer I worked out with Kam [Chancellor]. I think I’m going to do that again next summer. [Former Granby star and current UNC fullback] Bobby Rome is coming home for a month and I’m probably going to work out with him when he is here. Other than that, I’m going to focus on definitely doing track. I’m fast now, but you can never be too fast.”

Clark finished his senior season with an estimated 120-plus tackles after racking up 150 the year before. Although he fell short of the previous season’s tackle total, he felt he improved overall as a player and was excited about one area of improvement in particular.

“I was working on getting better as a player, a leader, a captain and a person. I think I improved in all aspects of the game,” said Clark, who set a school record for tackles in a game earlier this year with a 25-tackle performance against Norcom. “My weakness heading into this season was pass coverage. I had like nine breakups this season with three interceptions. I returned one interception for a touchdown. My pass coverage definitely has improved.”

Very fast for his size, Clark sprinted a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash at Virginia Tech’s first summer camp this year. The Tech coaches believe the two-time unanimous first-team all-Eastern district selection is athletic and versatile enough to play

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