Khairi Clark Commits to Florida: How 4-Star DT Fits Gators Defense
Khairi Clark is a 4-star defensive tackle recruit with huge potential who recently decided to commit to Florida.
Clark plays at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla. With the addition of his commitment, Will Muschamp's 2014 class now features 11 commitments and is ranked No. 14 nationally, according to the 247Sports team rankings.
According to Derek Tyson of ESPN.com, it seems as if both Clark and coach Muschamp are enthusiastic about the commitment:
"I chose Florida because when I went up there, I just fell in love on my visit," Clark said. "Everything from the coaches to the facilities to football, it was all great."
Clark said Florida head coach Will Muschamp was excited to learn of his commitment.
"Coach Muschamp said, 'Khairi, is this for real?' I told him absolutely," Clark said, "and then he just started laughing. He was very excited and happy. He told me he was very excited that he was going to have me a part of the Gator tradition, and he told me I helped the Gators get better by committing today."
Muschamp is right about one thing. The Gators will receive a huge boost from the 4-star defensive tackle.
Clark is the No. 5 player at the position nationally and the No. 7 recruit from the state of Florida, both according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Keeping in mind the importance of in-state recruiting in Florida, landing his commitment is a win for the Gators. In fact, 100 percent of the experts predicted that he would commit to Miami in his 247Sports Crystal Ball, and considering his eight visits to Miami, it's hard to blame them.
Clark is a Gator for now, though, and he fits Florida's defensive scheme perfectly.
He checks in at 6'2'', 325 pounds as just a rising senior, so he has the size to really dominate the middle of the line of scrimmage. In 3-4 looks, he'll be able to maintain gap integrity as a nose tackle, fight through double teams and make plays. In the 4-3 scheme, he'll demand double teams as a huge one-technique. His presence on a defensive line will clear things up for the guys around him, but he'll still be able to make plays.
Clark commented on how he fits Florida's defense, per Shanker:
I just felt like it was a better fit at Florida. I just liked it more up there when I took the visit—they have more to offer. They told me I can help the defense by being the guy that smashes stuff up the middle, or I can play the outside in some of their defensive schemes.
He's going to be more than just a space eater. For as big as he is, Clark has good quickness and is explosive out of his stance. His aggressiveness will help him shoot the gap, get into the backfield and make plays.
For both Clark and Florida, there's a lot to like about this commitment.
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