Posted: 6:47 am Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Robert Clark seems to be one of the few college football prospects who understands what the word commitment actually means.
Clark, a cornerback and wide receiver for Dwyer, said he would play at West Virginia before the season started, but his options changed dramatically in the past few weeks. After receiving offers from Florida and Tennessee this month, Clark said he is openly considering both of those schools and did not think it was fair to label him a West Virginia commit anymore.
“I couldn’t really say I’m committed because I’m still open,” Clark said. “The big offers came and it shakes me a little bit.”
The honesty is refreshing.
He did not rule out the possibility of staying with West Virginia and there is a reasonable chance he still will land there, but Mountaineers fans should be very concerned by Florida’s involvement.
Clark (5-9, 160, 4.39, No. 14 on The Big Board) visited Florida over the weekend and has a Tennessee visit scheduled for Christmas weekend. He cannot travel this week because Dwyer is playing in the Class 4A state championship against Niceville on Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Clark went to Gainesville with Matt Elam and Elam’s family and was wowed by the experience.
“It was my best visit ever,” Clark said. “We had a lot of fun. We did stuff we didn’t do on my other visits. We went to (coach Urban Meyer’s) house and ate with his family and his kids.”
When he left Gainesville, Clark told the Gators he was “looking at them really hard,” but did not commit.
Florida and Tennessee are offering Clark the opportunity to play offense, he said, and that has not been an option with West Virginia. There is also a possibility of him making an impact early as a special teams return man.
“I love to play offense, so I would love to go somewhere where I could play both,” he said.
Because he plans to graduate early, like Florida commits Elam and Gerald Christian, Clark has a small window in which to finalize his plans. He said he will pick a school when he returns from his trip to Tennessee.