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Steven Clark Postpones Final Decision. How Worried Should The Orange Be?

The Alabama native is having a tough time choosing where he’ll play next season.

DT Steven Clark decided to postpone his decision last night via Twitter. He is still between Syracuse and Florida after taking an official visit to Gainesville this past weekend.

The Orange has gone through a rough stretch the past week with Najee Clayton committing to Rutgers, along with 3 defensive prospects taking their talents elsewhere. Syracuse has been in this position before. Granted it was during a coaching change, but this is the era we live in with college football recruiting.

Clark did tell the Fizz that he would let whichever team he has to let down enough time to find another player before National Signing Day. That was however before he decided to postpone his decision and keep Syracuse coaches very worried about his commitment to the Orange.

Clark’s commitment could go either way at this point. The Alabama product was originally between South Alabama and Syracuse before deciding to commit to the Orange in December. However things took a turn when Florida coaches saw his recruiting tape and decided to give late interest in Clark. Clark was impressed enough by his Florida visit to the delay his announcement. However, the 300-pound defensive lineman only has about a week to decide before National Signing Day arrives.

Although an atmosphere like “The Swamp” is an attractive venue, Clark would have the most opportunity to succeed at Syracuse. The Orange offer early playing time and have a history of grooming low-rated recruits. Syracuse also wants to keep Clark at the defensive tackle position, while Florida has ideas for Clark to play on the offensive line.

If Clark decides to commit to Florida, the Orange does still have 2 defensive tackle recruits still committed in Tyler Cross and Anthony Giudice. Kenny Carter has reportedly been targeted by Syracuse coaches, which could become important next week if Clark does not sign with Syracuse.

The Orange needs a recruiting win now more and than ever with February 4th approaching. Hopefully for Syracuse, Clark can start that momentum.

Posted:  Zephan Mayell

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


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