December 3, 2012

Clark lists five

New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) wide receiver James Clark is hearing the most from Duke, Florida, Northwestern, Rutgers and Texas, while Wake Forest is also in contact with Clark.

"I'm starting to narrow down my list," Clark said. "Now that I've done it down to that five I haven't marked off any other schools, but I just keep in contact with those five."

Tom Elrod is recruiting Clark for the Demon Deacons.

Clark said the Blue Devils, Gators, Longhorns, Scarlett Knights and Wildcats make up his top five. However, Clark is not leaning in any particular direction.

He has not set a date to choose a school, but plans to make a decision early in 2013.

Clark is looking for the college that gives him the best academic opportunity with a great business program and the greatest chance to be successful on the field.

Purdue is the only school Clark has visited this fall.

"That [Purdue's coaching change] changes a lot," Clark said. "I wouldn't say grabbed me away, but I did lose interest. Other schools like Florida and Texas they're coming into the picture now."

"I already have [official visits scheduled to] Duke and Northwestern. That's already planned."

The 5-foot-11 and 170-pound Sunshine State prospect is still trying to figure out where to take his other official visits.

Clark, who is rated as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 76 wide receiver and the No. 92 overall prospect in Florida, may be able to graduate in December, which would enable him to enroll at the college he commits to for the upcoming semester and participate in spring practice.

"My coach talked to me about it," Clark said. "I could if I wanted to. I would have to do some courses online, but I don't know, probably not."

Clark added he is leaning toward finishing in the spring instead of a semester early.

He caught 49 passes for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead New Smyrna Beach to a 9-1 record, a state playoff-appearance and an undefeated regular season.

"I have an advantage with my speed, and then the extra fight," Clark said. "Go out there, do what your coach says [and] put your heart out for your team."

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