Posted: 9:04 am Thursday, December 17th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
This seemed inevitable.
Dwyer senior Robert Clark, a standout at cornerback, wide receiver and as a return man, said he committed to the University of Florida on Wednesday. Clark committed to West Virginia prior to the season, but recently said he could no longer be considered a commit.
Clark said Florida coach Urban Meyer was at Dwyer yesterday and he informed Meyer of his intentions in a 10-minute conversation before practice.
“He asked me how much I love Florida,” Clark said. “I told him I’m going to end up committing. I love Florida. Gerald and Matt are there and I already know them.”
Like teammates Matt Elam and Gerald Christian, Clark (5-9, 160, 4.39, No. 14 on The Big Board) plans to graduate early and enroll at Florida in time for spring practices.
Clark committed to West Virginia in July. He was swayed by the allure of Florida when the Gators offered him earlier this month, but changes on the Mountaineers’ coaching staff also affected him.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that assistant coach Doc Holliday, who has recruited this area for years and has been very popular among players and coaches, is nearing a contract to become the head coach at Marshall.
“He was my recruiting coordinator,” Clark said. “We were really close. It changed my decision a lot.”
Earlier this week Clark was considering Tennessee as well, but said today the Volunteers are no longer an option.
This season, including the playoffs, Clark has 28 catches for 651 yards and eight touchdowns at receiver.
Clark is the second West Virginia commit to switch to a new school this week. Pahokee defensive tackle Richard Ash, who pledged to the Mountaineers a few weeks ago, said today he will play at Michigan next year.
The Mountaineers still have commitments from Glades Central defensive back Travis Bell, Pahokee running back and wide receiver Fred Pickett and American Heritage wide receiver Darius Millines.