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Jakai Clark cites Auburn fans as major reason for his commitment to Tigers

Jakai Clark

The Auburn Tigers added a commitment from three-star offensive lineman Jakai Clark to their 2019 recruiting class on Tuesday.

“I went out there on Saturday for the spring game, they offered me that day and both me and my dad were very excited about it,” Clark told GN regarding his commitment to Auburn. “I loved the school, loved the campus, loved the stadium and loved the coaches.

“I’ve been interested in Auburn since ninth grade. I went out there and watched the Ole Miss game and it was a cool experience. I went back out last year for the Iron Bowl and obviously, that was a really good game and a crazy environment.

“When I’m looking at these schools, I like playing in front of big crowds and Auburn is going to have those big crowds. In my opinion I also feel like Auburn fans are the most involved. I feel like they have the loudest stadium out there, so that definitely played into my commitment.”

Clark, (6-feet-2, 305 pounds) from Loganville, (GA.) Grayson is among the top-15 center prospects in the country for the 2019 class.

Clark, who chose Auburn over offers from Boston College, Minnesota, Oregon State, West Virginia and others, says he is building a strong bond with members of the Auburn coaching staff.

“So far everything has been great,” Clark said. “I’ve been on the phone talking with the offensive line coach (J.B.) Grimes and I also talk with the person that recruits my area, coach Travis Williams (linebackers coach).

“I love both of them and both of them have great personality. Coach Grimes is a great teacher as an offensive line coach and I feel that he is really going to develop me as a player.

“I feel like coach Travis Williams is going to look over me and make sure I’m doing everything right. If I ever need to talk to anybody I know that I can talk with him.”

What type of offensive lineman Auburn is getting with Clark.

“I feel like I’m good at a little bit of everything,” Clark said. “Pass-blocking is not all that difficult for me and as far as run-blocking, I feel my first-step is my strongest part of run-blocking because like with any offensive lineman, your first-step is where you’re going to win the rep.

“I also feel like I have a strong punch because I bench 380, so my punch is also a big part of my game.”

Clark is currently a center in high school, will that be the case when he arrives at Auburn?

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