King’s Fork (Suffolk, VA) head coach Joe Jones fielded a young team last season, at one point starting seven sophomores and one freshman on defense. The young team grew over the course of the year, capping off 2010 with three consecutive wins. Led by 2013 class standout defensive back Charles Clark , the Bulldogs have worked hard this offseason and are ready for a successful 2011 season.
“This is probably the most excited and optimistic I’ve been since I’ve been in coaching,” Jones said. “I’m excited about our kids this year and the potential. We played a lot of young kids last year. Most will be juniors this year, and they’ve been working hard and doing things on their own. This is a great group of kids.”
Clark, a starter since his freshman year, is the headliner of King’s Fork’s 2013 class. He is a leader off the field, and one of the team’s top playmakers on it.
“He is an excellent human being who happens to be an excellent football player,” Jones said of Clark. “He’s right at 6’0″, and his weight varies between 180 and 185 pounds. He has missed one workout in two years. He played basketball the last two years and still works in the weight room during basketball season. When basketball is over, he goes right in the weight room. No break. The other day, I was commenting on how physically stronger he has gotten. He fills out a shirt the way it’s supposed to fill out. He has gotten a lot bigger and stronger [since last summer]. He has good speed. He runs in the 4.55, 4.59 range in the 40.”
Clark started at cornerback his freshman year. Last year, he primarily played safety. On offense last season, he saw action at slot-back and fullback in Coach Jones’ option offense. And, in addition to his duties on offense and defense, Clark also serves as a return man on special teams.
“To me, he is a complete football player,” Jones said. “He works extremely hard and is a great leader. He’s a leader for our FCA. When he gets on the field, he’s a competitor. He flips a switch. I went up to a one-day camp at Virginia last month to watch Chuck and our quarterback, [rising senior] Matt Hommell....
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