Clark enjoyed his first visit to Florida. (Photo courtesy of Clark)

Khairi Clark, one of the nation’s top defensive tackles, visited Florida over the weekend for the Orange & Blue Debut.

Clark arrived in Gainesville with his mother on Friday for his first trip to UF, and the Rivals100 member was impressed with what he saw.

“The thing that really caught my eye was the campus,” Clark said. “I just liked the way it looked. The facilites and the field were also real nice. I liked it all. It was a very good visit.”

The 6-foot-2, 315-pounder from Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna had lengthy conversations with Florida coach Will Muschamp, defensive tackles coach Bryant Young and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, his primary recruiter.

“They were just telling me how I can make an impact in their program and that Florida is a great place to be,” Clark said. “Coach Robinson showed a lot of care for me and was straight up with everything he said. Then coach Young, I think he can help me reach a lot of potential because he used to play in the NFL and he has the body size of a real thick D-lineman. I know I can get like that if I just work with him at my best ability.

“And I got a real good impression of coach Muschamp. He told me everything I needed to know about Florida and just had a long talk with me and my mom about how thankful he was for us to come up there and that he hoped to have us back.”

Miami has been the long-time leader for Clark, who grew up rooting for the Hurricanes. He claims closeness to home doesn’t give them an advantage.

“Distance is not a factor for me at all,” Clark said.

UM is still on top following his trip to Florida, but the Gators are gaining ground.

“Florida is also real high right now,” Clark said. “They’re right behind Miami. Both schools are recruiting me hard.”

Clark named Clemson, Nebraska and Notre Dame as his other favorites. He plans to take official visits in the fall and make a decision late in the recruiting process.

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