Today the Pitt football program hosted their first prospect camp for the month of June. Following today’s workout, one player received an offer and it’s someone who knows a lot about the city of Pittsburgh.
Jordan Clark is a sophomore cornerback from Louisiana and his father is someone football fans in Pittsburgh are familiar with and that’s former Steeler safety Ryan Clark.
Clark is considered an elite prospect and from what I’ve heard, he was the most impressive player at today’s camp.
“I felt like I had a good day today. I was able to get my hands on some guys, re-route some people and display the technique that the coaches wanted. The coaches and even the players were really helpful in helping me crash the concept that the coaches wanted to see. The coaches really set me up for success,” said Clark.
I asked Clark his reason for attending the camp today and did he think a scholarship could be coming his way?
“My dad set up all my camp schedules for this summer and let me know of schools that were interested in me. Pitt wasn’t one of them because they really don’t recruit my area much. But, he told me that this date was open and asked me if I wanted to go and I did. Pittsburgh is really home to me and I really wanted to come back. I didn’t know what the outcome would be but I wanted to go there get my face shown and see if I could turn some heads.”
Although he doesn’t live here anymore, Clark still considers Pittsburgh home which means this offer was a big deal to him.
“Coach Narduzzi told me and I was just so happy. I was really hyped about it. It was just such a surreal feeling. When a lot of people talk about me they’ll talk about LSU because my dad went there but that’s not really home to me, Pittsburgh is. Getting an offer from them was just the greatest feeling in the world,” said Clark.
What was it about Pittsburgh that made such an impression on Clark?
“It was just the people. I’m sure it helped that my dad was a Steeler but everyone was just so nice. I also loved the food in Pittsburgh (haha). I also loved how passionate everyone in the city was about Pittsburgh. It’s important to them. The whole city just loves their sports teams. Sports is just so important in this city, I had to go out today and buy a Penguins shirt (haha). People love their sports and I love that.”
Although he lived in the city from 2006 until 2013, Clark never had a chance to see the Pitt side of the football complex on the South Side. He did today and came away very impressed with what he saw plus the coaching he got from Pitt defensive backs coach Renaldo Hill.
“The facilities shocked me, they’re much nicer than the Steelers, I wasn’t expecting that. The coaches are doing a great job of renovating them and making them modern. It really looks great over there and looks super nice,” said Clark.
“As far as my interaction with the coaches, there a lot of different kind of coaches. Some coaches scream, some just walk you through things. Coach Hill is a very hands on coach, he wasn’t yelling or anything. He would walk through things with me and if I did something wrong, he would explain that to me and tried to help me. I really liked that. Those are people that I could really see myself being around.”
When it’s time for Clark to make a college decision, I asked this sophomore cornerback how much he’ll be relying on his father for guidance.
“My dad is the biggest influence in my life. He doesn’t really influence where I’m going to go, he takes me where I want to go. He always tells me that you’re not supposed to go to a school because they’re a big name, you should go where you can make the biggest impact, where you’re most comfortable and where you fit in.”
“He’s going to be as big an asset as anyone could be. I trust him and he’s never steered me wrong and I think he’ll be a really big part of my recruiting process.”