Navarro DB looking for a new home, SMU in mix

Publisher PonyStampede.com
Posted Dec 1, 2008


June Jones is in search of some help in the defensive secondary. One player that apparently has appeared on the Mustang's radar is Navarro Junior College safety Ryan Clark. Previously Clark had an offer from Texas Tech and was committed to the Red Raiders. Go inside this free read to find out why that's not still the case.

One junior college athlete had things going his way this summer. He had an offer in hand from a BCS school, he decided to not wait and pull the trigger making a commitment to the nationally ranked school.

Now Ryan Clark of Navarro Junior College finds himself without an offer from Texas Tech, the school he had previously committed to.

According to Coach Nick Bobeck, head coach at Navarro, grades are probably the reason the Red Raiders pulled its offer to the talented defensive back.

“He was supposed to graduate in December and be able to transfer to Tech in January,” Bobeck told PonyStampede.com. “When it was apparent that wasn’t going to happen, Tech went a different direction. He may be pushing it to graduate in May at this point; it could be later in the summer.”

Clark, a two star rated defensive back by Scout.com, is in search for a new home, he was in Dallas over the weekend paying an unofficial visit to the Hilltop at SMU.

“I got there late in the second quarter,” Clark told PonyStampede.com. “I can tell the program is up and coming. I didn’t get a chance to really see the campus or anything, the field was nice.”

According to Clark, SMU secondary coach Derek Odom paid him a visit today on the Corsicana campus.

“We didn’t talk much, he just told me that they were interested and was going to watch film on me,” Clark said. “I have interest in them, I’m waiting to see if they put an offer on the table or not.”

According to Coach Bobeck, Clark is a 6-foo-1 athlete that weighs close to 200 pounds. He runs a high 4.5 to 4.6 forty.

“He played safety for us both years,” Bobeck said. “He had a better freshman year than he did this past season for us. He was slowed by an ankle injury that he never really recovered from. He might make a better corner than a safety at the D1 level.”

According to Clark, he is also hearing from Baylor and Kansas State.

“Right now I’m checking to see who is interested in me,” Clark said. “I will let you know if SMU offers me.”



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