Lark: "Time to Buckle Down"

Jeff Lark

Jeff Lark has a number of schools coming after him at a number of spots, but it looks like now he will try to concentrate on playing safety on the next level. Scout.com caught up with him to chat about that and the latest recruiting news.

Cushing Academy's Jeffrey Lark collected 57 tackles, 7 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 12 pass break ups playing cornerback, outside linebacker, and safety in 2009 as a junior, but he will be lining up at safety only in 2010.

"The coaches feel as if I will make a better impact at safety," Lark said. "I played linebacker or corner last year and teams schemed away from me a lot. Right now I am 6'2, 215 and by the time school starts I should be 220."

"The college coaches see my tape and think that I have the ability to come up and make a hit or play man to man. and play fly routes. They see me back pedal and break on the ball and I think I can play safety. I feel like that is my best chance in college. I think I am an Adrian Wilson type with the ability to blitz and the ability to cover. It is time to buckle down on one position."

On the recruiting front California, Arkansas, Purdue and Utah are standing out at the top of his current wish list, but he will be making a stop to check out a new school in the coming days.

"I will be taking a visit to N.C. State. I am just going down to check it out. I am hoping they offer me. They just got tape today and they said that they love the tape. I have a friend who committed there (Tony Knight) and I told him I would swing by there and see what's up, just swing by there and keep them as an option."

Lark also broke down his top four.

Cal: "I like everything about Cal except for the fact that they have not offered yet, but I kind of feel like they might offer. I have an excellent relationship with Coach (Ron) Gould. Honestly, he is one of my favorite recruiters. We barely even talk about football. We talk about personal stuff and we can relate to on another."

Utah: "They are real cool people. It does worry me some that they are coming from the Mountain West and will now be playing in the PAC 10. It may take some time for them to adjust. But the campus and the scenery there is really nice and everything on that front is good. There is a good opportunity to come in and play early. I feel the love from them."

Arkansas: "I see a lot of opportunity at Arkansas. They have not pushed as hard as the other three schools. But I feel that they have a need for some speedy linebackers. They have a bunch of juniors and seniors and the opportunity and the school speaks for itself. Coach (Willy) Robinson is a hard nosed dude. He is strictly business and that is good thing because it keeps you focused."

Purdue: "Coach (Gary) Emanuel is recruiting me and he was there when they won the Rose Bowl. He is recruiting extra hard and he told me he is not offering guys or recruiting guys that are not going to come in and be a first year contributor. But they have yet to put it together and win. Honestly, that is the main thing that is holding me back from committing (to Purdue). I love to win. But I love the opportunity there and everything about them."

Lark also still reports interest in Tennessee, UCLA, North Carolina State and LSU.

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