Recruiting on the South Plains | 2014 DB Joseph Clark Commits to Texas Tech

Anthony Allen of Leicester Tigers is tackled by Clarke Dermody and Jonathan Joseph (13) of London Irish during the AVIVA Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Irish at Welford Road on May 7, 2011 in Leicester, England. - Shaun Botterill

Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX) defensive back and running back commits to Texas Tech and is the seventeenth member of the Texas Tech 2014 recruiting class.

PLAYER: Joseph Clark

POSITION: Defensive Back
HEIGHT: 5'9"
FORTY: 4.40
HIGH SCHOOL: Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.3 | Scout N/R | ESPN 70 | 247 Sports 78
VTM PROFILE DATE: July 28, 2013

OFFERS | Air Force, McNeese St., Texas St. and Texas Tech

STATS | Nothing that I could find.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Clark spoke with a couple of the recruiting services, you you pretty much have your pick of what you want to read. From ESPN, Clark talked about the coaches:

"Coach Kingsbury, Coach Havery and Coach Curtis are all cool people," Clark said. "To me, it was definitely the coaches. They really made me feel at home, and I love being there. I know I can learn a lot from them."

Clark said much of the same thing in speaking to Rivals ($), via the DMN:

"Man, I’m excited, but I’ve honestly known for a while that I was going to commit," Clark told "I just decided to wait until I made it out to Lubbock so I could do it in person. I knew that I was going to do it.

"The biggest thing would just have to be the coaches. They just make you feel good, and that’s what it’s all about. They’re all just really good people. Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury, he’s just laid back and cool. He’s not too serious, not too playful, and he’s just a cool, mellow dude. They’re all really cool to get along with."

SCOUTING REPORT | Clark is exactly as described when watching his film. An undersized and hard-hitting safety. That's single sentence describes him best. Oftetimes kids are overlooked because of where they play and their size. It is more likely that Clark is overlooked, because of his size, and I suppose that I'd rather have players that can play even though they aren't 6'0" and 190.

As a safety, Clark is a fantastic run supporter. He's not afraid to stick his nose in any situation. He's got some pretty good speed as a running back. Plenty of speed to out-run defenders and that's usually a pretty good indication of how fast a player is.

I'll let you in on something that I heard from the Spike Dykes reception that I was at. The coaches have a plan. A serious plan. It is common with just about every recruiter when they hear about a kid to ask the question, "Who else has offered?" The Texas Tech gives two flips about this. They apparently aren't asking that question about players. They are making their own determination about players and they don't care who else has offered. I know this is important to some of you, but it isn't at all important to the coaching staff. Not even a little bit. That goes against the grain.

So if you are scratching your head about why a player is offered, it is because the coaching staff generally has very strong opinions about players and they don't pay too much to what other programs are doing.

Joseph, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2014 Class |

Player Position Ht/Wt School VTM Profile
Patrick Mahomes QB 6-3/198 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) April 24, 2013
Justin Stockton RB 5-9/175 Steele (Cibolo, TX) January 21, 2013
Demarcus Felton RB 5-7/179 Dekaney (Spring, TX) April 18, 2013
Jakari Dillard WR 6-4/185 Princeton (Princeton, TX) August 13, 2012
Cameron Batson IR 5-9/165 Milwood (Oklahoma City, OK) April 23, 2013
Ian Sadler WR 5-11/192 Argyle (Argyle, TX) April 25, 2013
Byron Daniels WR 6-0/170 Madison (San Antonio, TX) May 8, 2013
Deionte Noel OL 6-3/300 Steele (Cibolo, TX) April 17, 2013
Mildren Montgomery OL 6-4/245 Douglass (Oklahoma City, OK) June 4, 2013
Justin Murphy OL 6-8/275 Belton (Belton, TX) June 10, 2013
Robert Castaneda OL 6-5/315 Round Rock (Round Rock, TX) June 10, 2013
Ivan Thomas DT 6-2/270 Lawton (Lawton, OK) June 21, 2013
L.J. Collier DE 6-3/235 Munday (Munday, TX) February 10, 2013
Tevin Madison CB 5-10/160 Fayette County (Fayette, AL) April 26, 2013
Derrick Dixon S 5-9/187 Skyline (Dallas, TX) June 19, 2013
Joseph Clark DB 5-9/180 Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX) July 28, 2013
Derrick Neal ATH 5-9/155 Lincoln (Dallas, TX) May 2, 2013
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