Camps, unofficial visits and sorting through new offers became routine for Guntersville (Ala.) Brindlee Mountain two-way line standout Steven Clark this summer, getting to 14 verbal scholarship offers before picking a school in which to play his college football at.
After visits to South Alabama and Southern Miss in the last week or so, the in-state school won out for the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder.
"They made me feel like family and I love the atmosphere around the place," he said of USA. "The coaches recruited me the hardest and made me feel like family, and they have my major – exercise science.
"I called them and they were pumped. They were yelling and saying ‘heck yea!' They loved it.They want me to play center or guard, and I love it."
"It was kind of important, I love the state of Alabama," he said. "But it didn't make a difference in the decision."
Despite how hot he was on the trail and the more than seven months until class of 2015 recruits will sign a letter of intent for any school, the rising-senior says he's finished with the entire process in hopes of guiding Brindlee Mountain deep into the playoffs in 2014.
"I'm done with visits," he said. "I'm just going to focus on my senior year and do some official visits to South."
Clark is currently tabbed as a two-star defensive tackle by Scout.com.