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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2024 DE Cameron Clark Goes In-Depth on Notre Dame, Recruitment

February 24, 2023
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Notre Dame dove deep into Tennessee earlier this month to offer 2024 South Gibson County (Tenn.) athlete Cameron Clark‍. 

The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder is quietly becoming one of the more interesting athletes in the country as he holds offers to play tight end and defensive end. 

Notre Dame views him as an edge rusher and defense has been a focus of Clark’s the offseason. 

“It’s great getting better every day,” Clark told ISD. “I’m in the weight room and on the track just trying to get better at my craft. 

“I’m working a lot on my strength and trying to perfect what I do at my position. On the defensive side, I want to get better at dropping back and covering the slot and running backs.”

Clark, who holds over 20 offers, has seen his recruitment take off after receiving his first offer in October. 

Now, the Tennessee native has always believed he would play college football, but turning into a national recruit in a matter of months has caught folks in the area off guard. 

“It was always the goal since I was young,” explained Clark. “I knew I was going to play college ball because that’s what I wanted to do. My whole life people have told me it was kind of impossible. Where I come from, nobody has ever been recruited at this level, especially Notre Dame. That kind of opened everyone's eyes in my family. My grandfather was a die-hard Notre Dame fan, so it’s been special to me and my family.” 

Notre Dame offered two weeks ago and it was an emotional one for Clark and his family as his grandfather passed away two years ago. 

“My dad was the happiest I’ve seen him in a while,” Clark said. “My grandfather and my dad were very close. Both of them are from Indiana, so they’ve always been Notre Dame fans. When I got that one, it meant a lot to the whole family. They were jumping up and down and happy.” 

Defensive line coach Al Washington has also impressed with Clark as they build their relationship. 

“What stood out to me was he wanted to know me more as a person than a player,” stated Clark. “That’s really what stands out to me. Through this process, I’m trying to create a bond with these coaches and trying to get to know them better. Sometimes I’m not able to get that off the field connection.

“To be able to have that connection off the field, I definitely think it makes the trust strong on the field both ways.” 

Clark will get his first look at Notre Dame in the coming days as he’ll visit South Bend on March 3rd. 

“I’m super excited to get up there with my family to experience it,” Clark stated. “My dad and everyone in my family has been waiting to experience it. We know the history behind not just Notre Dame football but the school itself. I’m excited to meet everyone up there.” 

Notre Dame won’t be the only stop for Clark as he’s planning an aggressive schedule to learn more about several programs as he hopes to narrow down his list before taking official visits in the summer. 

“I’m still trying to fit in a few more weekends, but as of right now, March 3rd is Notre Dame, March 4th is Purdue, March 25th is Vanderbilt, April 8th is Duke and April 15th is Mississippi State,” said Clark. “I’m leaning toward committing before the season so I can focus on the season. Winning is my No. 1 priority during the season. I’m still trying to decide on that after how these visits play out.” 

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