Coaching changes are sometime good for recruiting, while other times not so good.
For one junior college defensive back, it’s uncertain but appears that the coaching change at the University of Tennessee could be a positive turn of events.
For Dave Clark, it’s about time something positive happens.
The defensive back from Independence Community College in Kansas missed this past season with a knee injury. He committed early to Kansas’ Mark Mangino and everything appeared to be headed in the right direction for Clark despite the early season injury.
Mangino was fired, Clark graduated and signed with the Jayhawks, but Clark and the new coaching staff never seemed to click.
Enter Louisiana Tech and the Bulldogs recruiting coordinator, Terry Joseph.
“Louisiana Tech recruited me really hard,” Clark told InsideTennessee.com on Thursday. “Coach Joseph and Coach (Derek) Dooley are great guys. I really like them a lot. Coach Joseph is a straight shooter, he wanted me to come to Tech and be closer to home in Baton Rouge.”
Clark never imagined that Dooley and Joseph would end up in the SEC so soon.
“I was surprised but very happy,” Clark said. “I was hoping they would still have interest in me.”
It appears that they do.
Clark will take an official visit to Knoxville this weekend and if things go right and he receives an offer, can Vol fans expect a new commitment?
“Yes, sir,” Clark said. “I’m really hoping for that offer, there isn’t much doubt what will happen if it comes.”
Clark was a pre-season All-American, but his knee injury kept him out the entire season allowing him to take a medical redshirt.
The good news now is that he will have three years of eligibility left to play for the Vols.
“I will have three years to play three,” Clark said. “I played one year there and then I got the medical redshirt. So I have three years left to play at the next level.”
Clark, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete who runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds, has already graduated and will join his next team as early as the first summer session.
Clark is hoping that the coaching change at Tennessee is going to work out in his favor, and it's about time for the talented defensive back to catch a break.