UPDATE: On Monday, Clark named Florida, Northwestern, Clemson and Nebraska as his four finalists (in no order) and told The Sun his final two officials will be to Clemson on Jan. 18 and Florida on Jan. 25.
New Smyrna Beach receiver James Clark was offered by Florida coach Will Muschamp on Sunday following his unofficial visit to UF.
The Gators are hoping to land at least one more wideout in their 2013 class.
“It’s an honor,” Clark said. “I have over 40 offers, but Florida has one of the top football programs in the nation and is one of the strongest schools academically.”
During his trip to Gainesville, Muschamp, offensive coordinator Brent Pease and new receivers coach Joker Phillips sent a clear message to Clark.
“They need me,” he said. “They said there’s not enough playmakers at the postion and I have an opportunity to come in and play right away.”
The coaches at Florida and Clemson told the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder they will take both him and Demarcus Robinson, who will enroll early this week at one of the two schools. Clark isn’t turned off by UF having four and possibly five wideouts committed.
“That just tells me how bad they need receivers,” he said. “There’s going to be competition wherever I go, but if I just work hard and play my game the rest will come.”
Clark claims no leader at this time. Tomorrow he will release his official visit schedule for January as well as his Top 5. He said Florida is assured to make the cut along with Northwestern, which hosted him on an official visit in early Decemeber. He also took an official to Purdue and will visit Nebraska on Jan. 11.
Clark is not sure which schools will receive his final two officials, but UF is in the mix along with Auburn, Clemson, Rutgers and Texas. He plans to make his decision shortly after his visits are complete.
Highlights from Clark’s senior season can be seen HERE.