Rockbridge County High School rising senior offensive lineman Austin Clark enjoyed his visit to Virginia Tech on Tuesday, the last of his trips to Blacksburg before he makes a verbal commitment.
"It was great, I had an awesome time," the 6-foot-6 tackle said. "The main purpose was to sit down and talk with Coach Searels and Coach Beamer."
The three talked about a need for an offensive tackle in Clark's recruiting class. The proposition of early playing time — something the 295-pounder cited last Feb. as a possible key in his decision — piqued his interest again durring his latest visit.
"Coach Searels is a great guy and a great coach," Clark said. "He tells you how it is and he knows his stuff.
"I'm really happy with the visit. . . .He definitely made it clear they need tackles."
Clark is tight-lipped about his possible destination. He wants to focus on his senior season and will make his decision next Thursday.
"I'm going to narrow down my top seven to four this weekend," he said. "I'll take the top four into June 12."
Many pundits believe Tech, Tennessee, and South Carolina are the frontrunners to earn his verbal commitment.
UVa., Clemson, Ohio State and Penn State are also in the mix.
While he won't reveal much, Clark offered his thoughts on Tech's standing in the race for the top four.
"I'd say they have a really good shot at it," he said.
Clark visited South Carolina last weekend and Tennessee on Wednesday.