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With 11 days until Virginia Tech faces Alabama in the Georgia Dome, we turn our attention to no. 11 on roster Mr. Charles Clark. At this point, and please remember I’m writing this a few days in advance, I think Clark is a safe bet to redshirt this fall. The newcomer has tremendous upside but he still needs some seasoning. It’s tough to truly learn everything in a brief three week period before you set your lineup to begin game week preparations for Alabama. I do think there’s a chance he may travel with the team early on in the season but I would be a little surprised if Clark played this year. But, things can change and I may amend this depending on how he played in Saturday’s scrimmage.
Weight: 197 lbs
Position: Free Safety
High School: King’s Fork High School
Location: Suffolk, VA
High School Career
If you browse through his Hokiesports.com profile, Clark was added to more All-District and All-Region teams than just about any player I’ve written about this off-season. He was an accomplished high school athlete and to be honest, I was a little surprised how under recruited he was. Clark finished his final year at King’s Fork with 57 tackles on defense from the safety position. He also played a little bit of cornerback as well.
From a recruiting standpoint, Clark was a Virginia Tech lean throughout most of his process. Shockingly, he only earned offers from UVA and Virginia Tech, despite being talked up heavily by Coach Gray in Virginia Tech circles and publicly after he signed an LOI in February.
Reasons For Excitement
Great Ball Skills: Clark wasn’t an interception machine in high school but that’s only because he wasn’t tested all that much, especially his senior year. Still, when you watch his junior film, Clark shows great ability in pass coverage. I think starting him off at free safety is a perfect spot for him although he may develop into a rover long-term.
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Physicality: If you go back to my review of this past recruiting class, I was really high on Clark’s physicality. He’s great at coming up in run support and he does how to lower his pads, grasp the ballcarrier, and drive his legs to complete a tackle. I think that’s why he’s a better fit for rover long-term but he does run well enough to play free safety. At the very least, Torrian Gray will have the opportunity to choose where to slot him after a likely redshirt year.
Causes For Concern
Technique: From a youth standpoint, Clark has struggled a bit with the technique and the mental aspect that comes along with playing free safety. You’re in charge of getting the defense set and that can be tough for younger players to grasp. Whether or not he redshirts, it’s going to take any freshman time to learn how to set the defense and truly master the defensive playbook.
What to Expect in 2013
At free safety, I would imagine that Clark is 3rd on the depth chart behind starter Detrick Bonner and backup Der’Woun Greene. That said, Tech doesn’t have a ton of depth available there so Clark may dress at least for the first few weeks while the staff decides whether or not to redshirt him. You have to think that if Bonner goes down, Tech would probably slide Kyshoen Jarrett over and let Desmond Frye start at rover unless Gray has complete faith in Der’Woun Greene.
Clark is a good player and a potential playmaker on defense. He needs to develop like all freshman but he has potential to be a terrific player under Coach Gray.
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