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Recruiting: Local OL Charlie Clark is Commitment #15 for Georgia Tech

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On the eve of the start to the heart of recruiting season, the Yellow Jackets filled one of their open slots left in the 2017 class.

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In the hours before the national championship game was to kickoff (and with the heaviest 3 weeks of recruiting season to start immediately following the game), the 2017 Yellow Jackets’ recruiting class added its first commitment of the new year. Marist High School OL Charlie Clark had been committed to Tulane, but decided to stay a little closer to home.

Clark is listed at 6’4”, 270 pounds, and hails from Atlanta’s Marist High School. He commits to Georgia Tech after flipping from Tulane, a commitment he made in late May. Aside from the Green Wave, he had reported offers from Army, Florida Atlantic, and Georgia Southern, and interest from Louisville and Wake Forest. He becomes the fifth commitment in the recruiting class from the Metro Atlanta area, and the fourth offensive lineman.

A look at his senior year highlights (embedded below), first of all, show that Marist runs a nearly identical offense to the one Clark will be playing in at Georgia Tech. That said, Clark appears to be a very athletic and physical blocker. Clark moves very well for his size and shows an excellent level of physicality whenever he’s got an opportunity to do so. He also shows a great level of comfort with his assignment on numerous plays, occasionally making unnatural looking moves to ensure that he’s blocked his assignment. The two main things that concern me from these highlights are his pad level (which isn’t always an issue, and is a normal thing for high school linemen to struggle with) and his occasional hesitance in firing off of the ball.

With Clark’s commitment, Georgia Tech’s recruiting class now looks like this:

Georgia Tech’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Position Name Ht Wt Hometown Rivals 247Sports Composite Commit Date Status
Position Name Ht Wt Hometown Rivals 247Sports Composite Commit Date Status
DB Jaytlin Askew 5-9 170 Powder Springs, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8646) 6/16/2016 Enrolled (1/9/2017)
DB Gentry Bonds 6-1 190 Murfreesboro, TN 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8545) 8/18/2016 Enrolled (1/9/2017)
P Pressley Harvin III 6-0 230 Sumter, SC 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8145) 3/7/2016 Committed (3/7/2016)
OL Connor Hansen 6-2 320 Tallahassee, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8154) 6/5/2016 Committed (6/5/2016)
LB TD Roof 5-11 202 Buford, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8347) 6/6/2016 Committed (6/6/2016)
K Joseph Bulovas 6-0 205 Mandeville, LA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8099) 6/10/2016 Committed (6/10/2016)
DB Dameon Williams 5-10 170 Norcross, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8472) 6/11/2016 Committed (6/11/2016)
OL Zach Quinney 6-6 260 Savannah, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8396) 7/19/2016 Committed (7/19/2016)
OL Michael Minihan 6-3 285 Honolulu, HI 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8403) 7/24/2016 Committed (7/24/2016)
DB Tre' Swilling 6-0 180 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8752) 8/22/2016 Committed (8/22/2016)
LB Bruce Jordan-Swilling 6-0 215 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 4-star (0.9230) 8/23/2016 Committed (8/23/2016)
RB Jerry Howard, Jr. 6-0 210 Rock Hill, SC 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8092) 11/21/2016 Committed (11/21/2016)
QB Tobias Oliver 6-2 180 Warner Robins, GA 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8374) 11/27/2016 Committed (11/27/2016)
DL Cortez Alston 6-3 250 Atlanta, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8534) 12/21/2016 Committed (12/21/2016)
OL Charlie Clark 6-4 270 Atlanta, GA 2-star (5.3) 2-star (0.7951) 1/9/2017 Committed (1/9/2017)

Congratulations to Clark, his family, and the Georgia Tech coaching staff!