Clark gets first taste of big-time college football

BILL MARTIN

While it is for all practical purposes a high school affair, the Under Armour All-American High School football game is obstensively a peek into the future of college football.

Ninety of the nation’s best high school football players have gathered to compete, 70 are listed in the ESPNU 150 Player Rankings, including Rockdale’s Le’Raven Clark, who will be a part of that world for the next four years at Texas Tech.

The 4th annual game will take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. and televised live on ESPN.

Clark will play on Team Click-Clack (red team) and is one of only eight players from Texas invited to the game.

He will wear jersey No. 62.

Rockdale coach Jeff Miller and his family has accompanied Clark to the event.

“This is a pretty phenomenal event here,” Miller said. “Le’Raven is really finding out where he stacks up against some of the best players in the country. His second practice was better than his first.”


Clark Clark While at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Clark towers over your average Friday night opponent, Clark will be just one of the guys when it comes to size.

For example, Clark will be teammates with Cyrus Kouandjio (6-7, 325) of DeMatha Catholic (Md.), Mo Latu (6- 2, 300) of Perry (Ariz.) and Christian Westerman (6-5, 290) of Hamilton (Ariz.), who has committed to Texas.

He could be starring across the line at Spencer Region (6- 5, 339) of Cullman (Ala.)

Team Click Clack will be highlighted by players such as defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (South Point HS, S.C.); running back Isaiah Crowell (Carver HS, Ga.); quarterback Jeff Driskel (Paul J. Hagerty HS, Fla.); and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (DeMatha Catholic HS, Md.).

Clark will be blocking for Isaiah Crowell of Georgia, considered the top running back in the nation.

Team Micro G (white team) will feature offensive tackle La’El Collins (Redemptorist HS, La.); defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (O. Perry Wallace HS, La.); defensive end Steve Miller (McKinley HS, Ohio); tight end Jay Rome (Valdosta HS, Ga.); and safety Karlos Williams (Ridge Community HS, Fla.).

There will be 22 states, represented in the game and Florida leads the group with the most players (19), followed by California (10), Georgia (10), Texas (8), Arizona (7) and Alabama and Ohio, each with five.

The top college football programs in the nation will be represented at the game and Clark is the lone Texas Tech committee to play in the game.

Four players who have committed to Texas will play and one from Texas A&M.

Alabama has the most with seven.

Of course, several players who have not committed will use the game as a forum to announce their intentions. What— 4th annual Under Armour All- American High School Football game. Who— Rockdale’s Le’Raven Clark joins 90 high school All-Americans from all over the country. When—7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5.W here— Tropicana F ield, St. Petersburg, Fla. TV—ESPN, live


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