Clark takes Texas Tech

Tiger senior gives Red Raiders verbal committment

Rockdale senior LeRaven Clark (62) is the 30th best offensive lineman in the country according to Rivals. com and a pre-season all-state selection. Reporter/ Ken Esten Cooke Rockdale senior LeRaven Clark (62) is the 30th best offensive lineman in the country according to Rivals. com and a pre-season all-state selection. Reporter/ Ken Esten Cooke LeRaven Clark spent a couple of days in Lubbock last week and the experience was enough to cause him to give a verbal commitment to Texas Tech on Sunday.

“There were several schools he was interested in,” said Rockdale football coach Jeff Miller. “But with this early commitment, teams start filling up and sometimes you have to commit before you are ready.

“LeRaven was No. 1 on their board at offensive tackle, but he could have lost out because they were also talking to two other linemen. So there was some pressure to commit.”

Official signing day is the first Tuesday in February.

“He was just certain that’s where he wanted to go,” Miller said. “If this would have drawn out another two months, he would have still chosen Texas Tech.”

Paxton Jordan went the distance for the Bulldogs in the loss. Reporter/Bill Martin Paxton Jordan went the distance for the Bulldogs in the loss. Reporter/Bill Martin The Rockdale lineman joins a program that is in a state of upheaval after eccentric but suc- cessful Mike Leach was fired and replaced by veteran Tommy Tuberville, who had been out of coaching after being fired by Auburn.

Despite the turmoil, the Red Raiders finished 9-3 and won the Alamo Bowl over Michigan St. They were third in the south division of the Big 12 at 5-3.

The 6-foot-6, 247-pound senior was wooed by programs all over the country including Nebraska, Oklahoma St., Minnesota, Utah and Missouri.

Clark liked Baylor as well, but the Bears uncertain conference status kept him from seriously considering them.

Recruiting service Rivals.com has Clark listed as the 30th best offensive tackle in the nation and 43rd best player in the state of Texas.

Clark was a two-way, firstteam all-district selection—the only player in the district to be awarded both honors.

Clark becomes the second Division I signee under Miller, joining Nic Hammett who signed with Rice in 2009.

Clark and teammate Derek David joined Miller in Lubbock last week where Miller’s son Gunner was attending the Texas Tech football camp.

It was Clark’s second trip to Lubbock.

David, a junior linebacker, is also being pursued by all the top college programs, including Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and, of course, Texas Tech.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound David is rated as the second-best player in the state of Texas for the Class of 2011.

Junior running back Daniel Brooks is also being tracked by Division I schools and has already been offered a scholarship by New Mexico.

LERAVEN CLARK FILE

Height—6-foot-6 Weight—247 40 time—4.9 Position—Offensive tackle, defensive tackle. Honors—Pre-season first-team all-state choice by Texas Football; Listed as one of the top 300 players in the state by Texas Football; Honorable mention all-state in 2009; First-team all-district on offense and defense, only player in district to do so; Bronze medalist in discus at state track meet. Other schools offered— Nebraska, Utah, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma St., Houston, SMU, TCU, Louisville and Baylor.

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