You could say that 3* C Jakai Clark’s recruitment was #AuburnFast. The Loganville, GA native landed an AU offer Saturday at A-Day and returned three days later to commit. I think it’s pretty clear this young man wants to be an Auburn Tiger. The news was first reported by AuburnUndercover’s Keith Niebuhr.
Clark was the 9th prospect Auburn offered from Grayson High School but the first the Tigers have been able to land. They are hoping he’s the first of many. Clark is close to a couple of other top Auburn targets 5* LB Owen Pappoe and 4* OT Wanya Morris. I should also note that 4* WR Kenyon Jackson is someone the Tigers are looking hard at as well and they continue to communicate with 4* DB Kenyatta Watson and 4* OLB Kevin Harris. Bottom line, AU wants a number of these kids and landing Clark is a good way to get their foot in the door.
Oh and Clark’s a durn good prospect in his own right too.
Clark is a powerful interior presence at 6’2” 305 lbs. He has great balance and I am very impressed with his ability to consistently keep his head up when engaging defenders. You also don’t often see this many pass protection reps in an OL recruit’s highlight package because often times that’s a weakness for recruits. That’s not the case for Clark, who shines not only as a run blocker but also in pass pro. As Cole Cubelic likes to say, “pass pro is not passive” and Clark seems to put that idea to practice every chance he gets. He’s not the fleetest of foot and might struggle some in the open field but playing the center position for Auburn he wouldn’t often be asked to pull or do anymore than reach an inside linebacker at the next level. He’s a solid OL prospect that should give Auburn some much needed depth at the center position and has the skillset to eventually win the starting spot.
Oh and that highlight tape is filled with other D1 talent as his Grayson squad plays some of the best teams in the country. He will enter Auburn already having experienced playing against SEC talent. Never a bad thing.
As we have seen this spring, there’s nothing wrong with having plenty of depth at the center position and Clark gives Auburn just that with his commitment. He could also free up someone like Nick Brahms or Jalil Irvin to slide over to guard down the road too if needed. It will be fun to watch his development over the next four years.
Auburn entered April with only 2 commits but could soon double, even triple that number if a few of these upcoming decisions go their way. This is typically the time of year when Auburn starts building some recruiting momentum heading into the summer. Jakai Clark is a good start to doing just that.