With offers from 14 schools, defensive end Trace Clark hopes to narrow down his list to between five…
Clark mulling his options
The summer is normally a time for students to leave homework behind, but Trace Clark has still been doing more than his fair share. The subject of his study, however, is a different story. Instead of civics, history and math, he's studying colleges. It comes with the territory when one happens to be one of the most sought after recruits in the entire Midlands region. "Out of the 14 (schools) I have offers from, I've been to 13 of them," Clark said. "The only one I haven't been to is Rutgers. We're looking to see if I can fit that trip in, but if it doesn't happen I think I'm done." So it's been a busy summer for the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Wichita (KS) Collegiate High School, who has spent much of it on the road traveling from campus to campus. Not every prospect has the chance to get such an up close and personal look at every program recruiting him - a fact of which Clark is well aware. "I know that I'm blessed to be able to have that opportunity to be able to see all of those schools, and it's really helping in the process," he said. "I've been able to see the campuses, the living areas and the academic and athletic facilities." For the past two weeks, Clark has been back home in Wichita working out with his teammates, preparing for a 2011 season the Spartans enter with lofty expectations. After losing just a handful of seniors, the defensive leader figures his team is ready to roll. "We're bringing back a whole lot of starters, people with experience, and we're looking to make a deep run this year," Clark said. As to the recruitment process, he'll continue to take a measured approach. With his summer tour behind him, Clark is now beginning to compare what he liked and disliked in each, working toward finding that perfect fit. However, he's not sure when a final decision will come. "I'm hoping to get the list cut down, I don't know how many yet, but I"m hoping to get it cut down before (Aug. 15) when football and school starts," Clark said.
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