Surge19 OL commit Jakai Clark told me it was the history of Miami as well as the fact that it’s a smaller, private school that got his attention. Clark, who committed to the previous staff said he never considered changing his commitment and has always remained solid to the Canes. I asked him if he’s noticed a difference in the new staff after talking with Manny Diaz and new OL Coach Butch Barry and he said “it’s hard to say exactly what it is but there’s definitely more energy.”
We talked about the recent success Miami has had recruiting the state of Georgia and he said although he really only talks to local kids from in and around his school that there is no doubt a buzz about The U. “I see kids wearing Miami gear all the time.” Jakai plans to enroll on May 20th and is still undecided on his major but may lean towards business. After talking to him I can assure you he will be successful in whatever he decides.
He said two things he does well on the field now would be his ability to stay alert and pick up things before they happen, in other words he is able to read the defense and get a feel for what’s coming. Considering he will be seeing time at Center and possibly Guard that is definitely an advantage. He also said that although he is more on the quiet side off the field that once he steps on the field his personality changes and he becomes much more vocal. Again, a quality that will be a welcomed sight along the Offensive Line. And what does he feel he needs to work on? He says his conditioning which he’s addressing now and also his footwork and overall technique.
I have to admit, I came away from this call being highly impressed with Jakai Clark. You can tell right off the bat that he is focused on what’s ahead and has a good vision for what he wants to a accomplish.