December 17, 2008
Clark discusses Oregon commitment
The Oregon Ducks had a mid-week visitor last week, and he did not even consider committing on his visit. But after going home and talking it over with his parents he did. Defensive end Zac Clark pulled the trigger Monday becoming the 13th commitment to Oregon's class of 2009.
"Yes, I committed last night," Clark confirmed to Duck Sports Authority. "Your time it would be about 6:00 pm. I talked to Coach Bellotti."
While the good news came in to the boss like normal, Clark indicated his primary recruiter has been defensive backs coach John Neal. The 6'3" 250-pounder will have three years to play two, something the Ducks prefer in a junior college recruit.
Asked about his strengths as a defensive end, Clark responded "I have good technique coming in, and I have a good motor. Those are my two best things." On the other side of the coin, the Butler County Community College star said "I need to refine my technique. I think Coach Gray can teach me all of the stuff that I need to learn. Plus all the usual stuff: bigger, stronger and faster."
Although a redshirt year will be available to Clark, he will save it for potential future use, as he expects to come in and help the Ducks right away.
"They're talking about wanting to come in and compete for playing time," said Clark. "I'm definitely not thinking about redshirting. I want to come in and earn some good playing time my first year."
Clark was the only official visitor on campus because he arrived Tuesday and left Friday and with no football game on tap, had a laid-back experience in Eugene with host Patrick Chung.
"We ate a lot," recalled Clark. "They took me on a tour of the whole place, the facilities, the school, everything. One of the nights I just hung out with Patrick Chung and we just hung out, played video games and talked. We kept it simple and got down to business."
Before he ever left Kansas for his visit, Clark knew he wasn't going to commit while in Eugene.
"I wasn't tempted to commit on my visit," Clark commented. "I knew I needed to come back and talk to my parents. It was a very important decision so I knew I wasn't going to commit while I was there."
Zac Clark will be arriving in Eugene blazing his own trail, as he does not have relatives in the area. Family will have the now daunting task of finding his games over the airwaves.
"They're going to be watching me on TV," said Clark. "It wasn't a big factor but it was a little bit of a factor because Louisville was another school I was really considering and I have family in Ohio."
When asked about the deciding factors in choosing Oregon, Clark explained, "It was in the Pac-10 which was a great conference I'll get to play in. I'll get to play schools like UCLA and USC. Oregon is already a developed team. They're good and I have a chance to come in and play for a good team. It just felt like the best fit."
Last week when Clark visited Eugene it was around 50 degrees. When DSA spoke with him, it was 15 degrees. Clark said that would not have affected his decision at all.
"Right now I'm in El Dorado and we've got a foot of snow on the ground, so the cold you are having wouldn't have bothered me on my visit."
Weather was something that Clark weighed when choosing his school.
"It was a little bit," replied Clark. "One of the things I like about Eugene is that they don't get humidity. We get humidity here in Kansas. It also doesn't get too hot there, or even too cold. It's a nice even keel."
Oregon's vaunted facilities are vaunted with reason, and Clark had heard the hype.
"I saw all the facilities and they are first class, high technology stuff. I liked that," Clark observed. "I had heard everything was nice but it still blew me away a little bit."
Clark is aware of the defensive ends who started this year, and had nothing but praise for them.
"I know they can play," said Clark of Nick Reed and Will Tukuafu. They're both ballers. Nick Reed is an All-American. He made the Walter Camp First Team. Tukuafu can play too. They are both just really good ends."
Duck Sports Authority congratulates Zac Clark on his commitment and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
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