Buchtel High School senior Anthony Clark said Tuesday he will sign a national letter of intent today 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.
“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, Toledo, 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. Before that, he was a one-year starter at Coventry under former Comets coach Jerami Hodgkinson.
Sign here please
St. Thomas Aquinas Athletic Director Matthew Bing said two seniors will sign national letters of intent today, Nate Hawkins and Molly Pusateri.
Hawkins will sign with the United States Naval Academy to play football and Pusateri will sign with Ohio State University to compete in cross country and track and field.
Booth leads Wadsworth
Peyton Booth scored 19 points to guide the undefeated Wadsworth girls basketball team to a 45-29 victory over host Nordonia on Monday.
Wadsworth is 19-0 overall and 12-0 in the Suburban League. Revere, 44-31 winner over host Cloverleaf on Monday, is second in the league at 16-3, 10-2.
Medina in double OT
Branden Wilkins made a layup with 1.8 seconds to go in double overtime to lead the host Medina boys basketball team to a 58-56 victory over Brunswick on Monday.
Wilkins finished with 27 points and nine rebounds. Craig Randall, who assisted on Wilkins’ final basket, scored 18 points for Medina, which is 14-2 overall and 7-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division.
Ryan Badowski (18 points) and Jason Okulovich (15 points) led Brunswick (9-6, 3-4).
Medina, which also defeated Brunswick 63-35 on Dec. 6, is a half game ahead of Shaker Heights (14-4, 6-1) in the NOC Valley Division standings.
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