Varsity Kansas

Indiana offers Collegiate's Trace Clark a scholarship

By Tony Adame of The Eagle

Collegiate junior Trace Clark picked up his second Division I offer on Friday from Indiana. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound d-line/o-line prospect got an offer from Kansas last week. The Hoosiers recently hired Oklahoma assistant Kevin Wilson to take over their program. I spoke with him this morning.

“They called into Coach Messamore’s office and told me what a great college town it was, about what great facilities they had and then made the offer,” said Trace, who is a forward on Collegiate’s basketball team. “It feels pretty good to get the two offers so quick … these are already two great schools and I’m looking forward to seeing how many offers I can get. This summer will be important.”

Clark is headed to Kansas State for Junior Day on the 26th – his father, Steve, played defensive end for the Wildcats in the early 1980s before going on to play for the Patriots.

“I’m going to look at every school, no prejudices based on who else played where or anything like that,” Trace said. “I’d like to play defense in college but I know I still need to get bigger this summer and keep my speed up. The good thing is I’ve got three great examples of what it takes to get to that Division I-level.”

Big sister Destiny played volleyball at Arkansas. Big sister Sadie plays for Arkansas State.

Trace plans on being at one-day camps at KU, Iowa and Missouri in June before heading to Oregon’s camp from June 17th-22nd. Luckily, he’ll be in Oregon on the 13th to watch big brother Zac graduate. Zac just completed his collegiate career as an All-Pac 10 defensive lineman for the Ducks, including a loss to Auburn in the national title game last month that Trace got to watch in person.

“(The game) was good up until about the last 30 seconds,” Trace said. “I told Zac about the offer from (Indiana) Friday and he was like ‘Congratulations … now set up your Playstation online so we can play some NCAA ’11.”

Ah, big brothers. Gotta love ‘em.