Clark Flips To Virginia Tech

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Rockbridge County (Rockbridge, VA) offensive tackle Austin Clark spoke with primary recruiter Bryan Stinespring and head coach Frank Beamer earlier today, giving the Virginia Tech coaches much needed positive news. The 6’6″, 295-pound senior, a 4-star prospect who originally committed to South Carolina in June of this year, informed the Tech coaches that he wanted to be a Hokie.

Clark is one of the state's top offensive line recruits in the class of 2015
Clark is one of the state’s top offensive line recruits in the class of 2015

Clark has been in contact with Virginia Tech’s coaches since he pledged to the Gamecocks. Within the past few months, the thought of staying in-state grew stronger and stronger.

“I’d say about a month or two ago, after everything in recruiting slowed down, I started to think about what I was looking for in a school,” Clark said. “Some things changed for me personally. I’ve come to realize that everything I really like about South Carolina is right down the road at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech has some things I like more than South Carolina, too.

“This past Monday, I sat down and thought about things for a while. I thought about what I wanted out of a football program and what I wanted out of college life. I thought about how many games my parents would really be able to see.”

Clark attended Virginia Tech’s home game against Boston College on Saturday. During the day, he sat down with Frank Beamer and discussed the possibility of switching his commitment. Beamer said “if I decided to commit, a spot would definitely be available,” Clark recalled.

A day later, Clark made it official.

“[Beamer and Stinespring] were very excited,” Clark said. “As was I. It was a great day yesterday in Blacksburg. It’s good to be a Hokie.”

Bryan Stinespring “was definitely excited,” Clark said. “He has known my dad for a long time. He actually coached my dad in high