Buchtel High School senior Anthony Clark said Tuesday he will sign a national letter of intent Wednesday to play football on scholarship for the University of Akron.
Clark, 18, is 6-foot-4 and 265-pounds. He said UA recruited him to play strong side defensive end and provide a pass rush to opposing quarterbacks.
“Tomorrow I get to put my name on the dotted line,” Clark said. “I don’t really have the words to describe it. Being from here and having my family here is exciting. We are going to do something. I am going to be part of history in Akron. This is really a dream come true. A lot of people are upset because I didn’t go where they wanted me to go. My grandma Nana [Constance Clark] is an Akron graduate and she means the world to me. She is the reason why I am staying home. Her, my father, [three] sisters, [two] brothers and mother are very important to me.”
Clark said he also held scholarship offers from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Ohio, Toldeo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Louisville, North Carolina State and Buffalo.
“For a long time Akron really didn’t look at local talent, but coach [Terry] Bowden is turning this program around and we are ready to make some noise now,” Clark said.
Clark was a two-year starter at Buchtel as a guard-tackle on offense and end on defense for Griffins coach Ricky Powers. Prior to that, he was a one-year starter at Coventry under former Comets coach Jerami Hodgkinson.