Jeremy Clark, a safety from Madisonville, KY, accepted a greyshirt offer to play football at Michigan. Clark camped at U of M this past week, and the coaches were impressed enough to give him a chance to join the football team. With the 2012 class getting nearer and nearer to completion, there aren’t enough scholarships to go around right now if all of Michigan’s desired pieces flal into place. In a greyshirt situation, the student-athlete must pay his own tuition for the first semester of college (Fall 2012 in Clark’s case), but he will receive scholarship aid beginning in January 2013.
You can take a look at Clark’s highlights below, but there’s not a whole lot of excitement on my end right now. His coach stated that Clark has grown three inches in the last year, and apparently not too many college coaches were too enamored with him until he started camping. So there’s a very good chance that his body has matured throughout the offseason, and if he’s done some work on his own in the film room, he might have improved some of his weaknesses, too. But from what I see here, he’s slow to read plays, slow to react at times, takes questionable pursuit angles, doesn’t have the greatest of playmaking abilities, doesn’t hit hard with consistency (although there are a couple nice blows), and doesn’t wrap up when he tackles. Overall, he looks like a good high school player, but not worthy of high-level FBS interest.
From the way it sounds, Clark is in line to receive a full scholarship offer from Michigan if Akron, OH, safety Jarrod Wilson chooses Penn State or Notre Dame. If Wilson commits to the Wolverines, then the greyshirt scenario will take place. So keep an eye out for Wilson’s decision, which should be soon.
TTB Rating: 49 (rating system here)
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