January 6th, 2013 06:04pm

Gators offer WR James Clark


Clark could return to UF for an official visit in late January. (Photo by the Orlando Sentinel)

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.

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  1. January 6th, 2013 6:12 pm

    Good job zach! Esp with this:
    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.

    by Kyle

  2. January 6th, 2013 7:44 pm

    Wish our situation offensively was enough to draw his word TODAY but as it is, we will have to wait and see if he calls us back. He says he wants to take visits and I would suggest he and all others do that; its in their best interest…never know if you’ll need to transfer. Visiting gives you a chance to become familiar with other programs and build relationships with other coaches that may pay off in the long run.

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  3. January 6th, 2013 7:49 pm

    Another good job Zach, I hope tomorrow brings about a better day with both Demarcus’s (I know they spell them differently). VERY SAD ABOUT JACOBY and that whole situation. My opinion is he should have gotten more playing time (somewhere in the season). GO GATORS!!!!


  4. January 6th, 2013 8:27 pm

    So are we waiting on both Walker and Robinon to just show up to enroll early tomorrow? Is it a situation where we are waiting for them to walk off the bus?

    by Tn Gator

  5. January 6th, 2013 8:36 pm

    Robinson YES, Walker I’m not clear on that situation. I just heard that he was again interested (confused) about what step to make. GO GATORS!!!!


  6. January 6th, 2013 8:40 pm

    This kid can run the jet-sweeps and be a dangerous return man for the Gators too.

    I have watched his tapes and I haven’t seen first-step acceleration from a stop like his since Percy Harvin.

    by Gator Todd

  7. January 6th, 2013 8:41 pm

    Tn gator… Walker isn’t coming to UF. He’ll be deciding between Bama and FSU, and he’s probably all Bama.

    by Gator Todd

  8. January 6th, 2013 8:59 pm

    Why has this kid not been offered earlier? (other than being 5′-11″)
    Kid has great speed, great hands and best of all – he knows North and South. How’s his grades?

    by JCGator

  9. January 6th, 2013 9:14 pm

    I read that Demarcus Robinson announced at Under Armour that he now has us at third behind Clemson and Notre Dame. Does anyone know anything about that?

    by Cleveland Gator

  10. January 6th, 2013 9:21 pm

    Cleveland, it’s unsubstantiated rumor right now. UF is his leader unless his HS coach manages to sawy him again.

    As for D Walker, I’m now hearing he’s following Bama’s secondary coach Pruitt to FSU.

    by Gator Todd

  11. January 6th, 2013 11:38 pm

    Zach, with all the transfers happening recently plus underclassmen leaving early how many scholarships do we have, and does this change who we will try and get?

    by Jimmy

  12. January 7th, 2013 1:00 am

    Hearing we just offered Chris Jones MST commit. Any word on a possible switch. Both teams lost bowl game but we had the better record.

    by J

  13. January 7th, 2013 4:08 am

    @Gator Todd and JC Gator: I’m think uncertainty about Demarcus Robinson led us to pull the trigger on Clark. Hence the comment “we would take both”. However, I’m getting the vibe from this offer that we think D. Robinson is not going to sign. Either way, I’d still be very happy to up Clark

    by Cleveland Gator

  14. January 7th, 2013 7:42 am

    Robinson really looks great on film, but my gut tells me he goes to Clemson…Family ties are too strong to ignore…I am only speculating Bama coach told Walker his scholarship would be pulled, if he went on another visit to Florida, after being committed for so long…Whether that is right or wrong, it is what it is….Early on in the process, schools “encourage” you to take “all” your visits…I’m sure the reality is, they would prefer you go on only 1 visit…theirs…If the situation had been reversed, I’m certain the Gator coaching staff wouldn’t want Bama to have a final “look see” as well.

    by Ben

  15. January 7th, 2013 9:16 am

    WHATEVER! 5″11 WR? Are you kidding me?

    by Josh

  16. January 7th, 2013 9:26 am

    Ben, don;t be surprised if Walker ends up at FSU. Rumors are rampant about that right now, but mind you, they are just rumors.

    by Gator Todd

  17. January 7th, 2013 10:07 am

    @josh: Percy Harvin was 5’11″

    by Cleveland Gator

  18. January 7th, 2013 11:07 am

    Just because a wr is 6-4 does not mean instant success or production.

    by theduke1906

  19. January 7th, 2013 11:51 am

    Demarcus Robinson is a Gator!

    According to his twitter account -#Gatornation here I come!

    Big get right there for Coach Boom!

    by William Swinson

  20. January 7th, 2013 5:47 pm

    This guy is good!

    by steveob

  21. January 7th, 2013 7:22 pm

    Robinson a Gator. How could guys doubt me? ;-)

    by Gator Todd

  22. January 7th, 2013 9:29 pm

    @Gator Todd: I’m glad I was wrong!

    by Cleveland Gator

  23. January 7th, 2013 10:21 pm

    LOL! I feel the same way though. I want them on campus and enrolled so I know the other coaches can’t tempt them anymore! lol!

    by Gator Todd

  24. January 23rd, 2013 12:27 pm

    [...] (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin) and FSU commit Levonte Whitfield (Orlando, Fla./Jones). Clark, who unofficially visited UF on Jan. 6,  is the leading candidate to fill that spot. He has visited Clemson, Nebraska, [...]

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