Thursday marked the first time Dr. Phillips (FL) cornerback Braxton Clark set foot in Virginia. But in that short amount of time, he found what he was looking for.
This past weekend, Clark, along with his father, took an Allegiant Airlines flight to Roanoke and visited Virginia Tech. Clark left that trip with an offer, one that he had on his mind when the trip began. And after mulling that over, on Tuesday night, he accepted it.
Multiple factors played a part in Clark’s commitment, the Hokies’ eighth commitment for the 2018 class. Now, Clark is readying himself for the role he could play in their defense.
“I just felt like, when I went there, it felt like home,” Clark said. “I could really be there and see myself there for four years. They have a good business school and it’s a very prestigious program. They’re a good school overall. My friend, Robert Porcher, goes there and I won’t say that was the main reason, but that was a plus.”
Clark didn’t take many visits this spring. Florida and Memphis were his only other stops. But Virginia Tech stood out in a few ways from the others.
“I really enjoyed it and it gave me a great feel of what it would be like being a Virginia Tech player,” Clark said. “I really like the coaches and players and I really vibed with the players. It felt right and [felt like] a place I could excel at.
“I just felt like it was a good opportunity. I like Virginia Tech and ACC football. It’s just a good school. They like long, rangy cornerbacks and I fit that category. They can develop me into a good player in the future.”
Clark said he got a good sense of what his future with the Hokies could be like from in-depth conversations with defensive coordinator Bud Foster and assistant coach Galen Scott. He also liked their approach.
“I thought they were very straightforward and honest,” Clark said. “They kept it real. They were genuine. They were just talking about how they like defensive backs that are long and rangy. They told me about their scheme, how they play defensive...
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