Charles Clark , Jr., kicked off Virginia Tech’s 6-player commitment surge last Saturday, much to the surprise of his King’s Fork (Suffolk, VA) head coach, Joe Jones.
“I kind of wondered why he wanted to leave for Blacksburg a couple hours earlier than I did,” said Jones, who was a standout tight end for Virginia Tech. “When I met up with him, he said he was coming from [Frank Beamer’s] office. He was smiling, and I asked him if he had a surprise for me. He smiled and said, ‘Yes, sir.’ He told me he committed. He wanted to tell Coach Beamer in person, which is the kind of guy he is. I congratulated him. I told him I was proud of him.”
Clark, a 5’11”, 185-pound junior, landed offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech last summer. Miami, which was represented at King’s Fork the first week of the Evaluation Period, headlined the schools that were making serious inquiries. But Clark, who recalled attending Virginia Tech’s Spring Game as a freshman, wanted to be a Hokie.
“In the beginning it was close (between Virginia and Virginia Tech) because I was neutral, but I think in the back of my mind Tech was the place I wanted to be,” Clark wrote in a Facebook interview.
A valuable player on both sides of the ball for King’s Fork, Clark figures to stick on defense when he arrives in Blacksburg. He racked up 58 tackles and had five fumble recoveries in 2011, earning Southeastern District Defensive Player of the Year honors for his performance.
Clark could potentially play cornerback or safety in Bud Foster’s defense.
“I think they want him to play safety,” Jones said. “I think he can play safety or corner. He’s not afraid to play in the face of his opponent. He’s not afraid to be physical. He has great football knowledge, and he has a nose for the ball. And he’ll learn this system. He’s an intelligent...
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