Come this fall, Donovan Clark is ready to take the area by storm.
Which side of the ball he makes the biggest impact on remains to be seen.
The two-way South Side athlete was one of the top cover corners in the state a season ago while rushing for a 1,000 yards as a wing back. Those impressive numbers earned the 5-foot-11 junior a scholarship offer from Indiana. Ball State, Toledo, Bowling Green and Ohio have followed suit in recent months, with the offered programs preferring Clark on defense.
But a huge season offensively - a possibility considering how South Side coach Eddie Fields plans to use him – could lead to more attention being given to his ball-carrying skills.
“I am pretty comfortable at defensive back,” Clark said. “I have always thought that's where I would be (in college). A couple schools might offer me at receiver or athlete though.”
Some of the schools still considering a scholarship offer to Clark include Big 10 schools Purdue, Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern, among others.
Clark hopes to get a jump start on turning more heads this summer when he competes with AWP Sports Performance's 7-on-7 team. He will play on the camp circuit at defensive back, a position he feels most comfortable in at this point in his playing career.
“A lot of recruiting services rate Donovan as the No. 1 corner in Indiana, he is dynamic there,” Fields said. “There is a lot of interest from teams on the defensive side.”
Clark has Indiana “slightly in front” at this point in his recruitment, but claims there is still plenty of time for teams to make a run at him. He could make a decision as soon as July after his summer campus visits are concluded or wait until his senior season.
Of course, everything could hinge on how electric he is offensively in the fall.
“I am so geeked about next year,” Clark said. “The biggest difference with our team is the camaraderie we have with each other.
“I am ready to do well at cornerback and running the ball.”