“It feels good to have my decision out of the way,” said Charles Clark. “I will be able to focus on my grades and high school football, and then head off to college next year.”
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back had another scholarship offer and several schools were showing interest.
“When I committed, I had an offer from Virginia,” he said. “I was also hearing from Tennessee, Penn State, North Carolina, and N.C. State – but I chose Virginia Tech. Since I made my decision, the other schools have stopped talking to me. I could care less, because I’m going to (Virginia) Tech, and I am solid with that.”
The Hokies’ coaching staff made Clark a priority.
“They constantly kept coming –I also had a background with them, because I went to camp their after my eighth and ninth grade year,” he said. “I also have a good relationship with coach (Bryan) Stinespring, who is my recruiting coach.”
The opportunity to play for legendary defensive coordinator Bud Foster also appealed to Clark.
“Sometimes, I just sit at home and go on You Tube and look at past highlight films,” he said. “The guys always play with a lot of intensity and it is a lot to live up to, but I am preparing myself mentally and physically. It is known that they have one of the best defenses in the country.”
Virginia Tech was where Clark knew that he needed to be.
“It’s just a family up there and it felt like home,” he said.
Last season, Clark took home defensive player of the year honors in the Southwestern District. He tallied 58 tackles and five fumbles recoveries. Offensively, he finished the season with close to 800 yards rushing and six touchdowns.