Virginia Tech OT Austin Clark Ranked 86th in the FanSided 150


Nov 28, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Frank Beamer reacts after the game. The Hokies defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 24-20 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies have built a fairly strong recruiting class with multiple top Virginia recruits including Tim Settle while the Hokies also have gone out of state for some quality players including Dwayne Lawson and Mook Reynolds.

Today, the final FanSided 150 was released and one in-state commit for the Hokies was included. Early enrollee OT Austin Clark was ranked 86th in the final FanSided 150 which makes him the highest ranked commit for the Hokies by FanSided.

Tim Settle and Dwayne Lawson were likely close to getting in that top 150, but Clark was the only one able to get on this list. Clark is definitely Virginia Tech’s top early enrollee and arguably the Hokies best commit though that award likely goes to Tim Settle.

Clark first committed to South Carolina on June 12th, but flipped his commitment to Virginia Tech on November 2nd in what was a big pickup for the Hokies. Clark’s commitment to the Hokies was quite strong, and Stacy Searels is definitely happy to have him on campus already.

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Clark’s high school tape is impressive for a high school player, and he definitely has the talent to be a starter next fall. Clark seems to have fairly good footwork while being quite strong and powerful especially out of his legs which makes him a very good run blocker.

In 2013, Jonathan McLaughlin became the first player to start every single game at left tackle as a true freshman during the Frank Beamer era, but no one should be surprised if Austin Clark becomes the second one next fall.

Clark is the best offensive tackle that the Hokies have recruited in years and can be a strong part of the foundation of building a much stronger offensive line. Clark is a big reason why the Hokies’ offensive line will improve next season despite losing three starters.

Clark is one of the main reasons why fans have a lot of excitement about this recruiting class with the offensive tackle from Lexington, Virginia being someone that will make an early impact.

Austin Clark has a very bright future, and his spot in the FanSided 150 is the latest proof of that.

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