Charles Clark , 6-0, 180 lbs
Position in HS: Primarily FS and RB
Likely Position at VT: FS/ROV
What I Like
Clark is an underrated prospect. When you look at his film, the very first thing that pops out at you is his fluid running style and breakaway speed. He is a natural runner in the open field and I think he will see plenty of opportunities at KR for the Hokies. Ultimately, it remains to be seen if he has the elite acceleration needed to excel at that position in college but he certainly looks the part in high school. I really do like his gait and straight-up, relaxed running style. He is a long strider, which I love to see from a return man.
I also really like Clark’s instincts and break on the ball in the passing game. He was a very good free safety at the high school level because he had the speed and change of direction ability to lure a quarterback into an underneath throw with his backpedal and the instincts to break on the football, catch it in stride and be off to the races. Obviously, college quarterbacks are going to have stronger arms and better coaching and will not be so easily fooled. But, Clark does show great instincts in the passing game and it’s easy to see why the coaches want to try him at free safety. He has the speed, the playmaking ability and those ball-hawking instincts that you need to see in your safety. He breaks up as many passes as he picks off, which tells me that he is a playmaker with room for improvement.
Things to Improve
Chuck has been described by his HS coach, Joe Jones (a guy that I really respect, by the way) as a “physical” player who defends the run well. I trust Coach Jones to make those types of determinations, but I was not able to find very much film of Clark against the running game and for these write-ups, and I prefer to rely on my own eyes versus what I have heard/read. So, it’s...
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