Four-star prospect from Calera will pick between Tide, Tigers
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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CALERA -- Four-star athlete Ronnie Clark is ready to put the recruitment process behind him so he can truly focus on his senior year at Calera High.

But he is still torn between the two in-state rivals.

Clark is a four-star prospect according to 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN and Scout. On Clark’s ESPN.com player profile, he is considered “rangy and physical with a bulky frame” and has “excellent ball skills.”

He has narrowed his college choices down to Alabama and Auburn.

“I get that question everyday,” Clark said following Calera’s 56-32 victory over Dora on Friday night. “Every time I walk into school, people are asking me where I’m going. They think I’m trying to surprise them, but I just want to make the best decision for me.”

Among others, Clark received offers from Clemson, LSU, and South Carolina, but said the distance took those programs out of consideration.

Clark’s father, Ronnie Clark Sr., said the two are still up in the air on which college he’ll attend next year.

“I’m really impressed with both schools (Alabama and Auburn),” the elder Clark said. “You can’t go wrong with either one of them. We’re just going to trust God and wherever God decides he needs to end up, that’s what we’re going to go with.”

At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Clark is a versatile prospect who plays quarterback, safety and outside linebacker for Calera. Clark accounted for five touchdowns (four rushing, one passing) on Friday night.

He is being recruited as a safety and said that’s the position he wants to play in college. He said the coaching staffs from both Auburn and Alabama have told him he needs to improve his speed and footwork.

Clark recently visited Alabama. He said he’s developed a relationship with a lot of players, including senior wide receiver Kenny Bell, whom Clark said is his cousin.

He also named Tide defensive end Denzel Devall and some of Alabama’s freshmen as players he has built a connection with.

“The players, the coaches and all the people you’re going to be around down there are all great,” Clark said. “They take good care of you down there. They have great facilities, and every time I’m there, I get closer with the coaches.”

Clark plans to take another visit to Auburn before making his decision, but has not set a date for the trip.

“We do plan to take another trip to Auburn,” Ronnie Clark Sr. said. “I can’t say when because we have such a hectic schedule, but whenever we do go to Auburn, that’ll be the last visit.”

Clark Sr. said they hope to have a news conference when announcing the decision.

“We’re looking at (making a decision in) the next two weeks so he won’t have any more distractions,” the elder Clark said. “I’m looking forward to talking everything over with him in the next two weeks and hopefully making a decision.”
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