Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Trainer | 2020 CB Donovan Clark Looks Like Future Pro

March 21, 2019

Reggie Jones played cornerback in the NFL and the Founder/CEO of Heir Football Academy believes he could be coaching a future pro in Donovan Clark‍.

“Donovan is an NFL cornerback,” Jones says confidently of the 2020 Washington prospect. “He has the size. He has the work ethic. He has the length and the athletic ability to go as far as he wants to go.

“If he chooses to say, ‘Hey, I want to take this and make this my profession,’ as long as he stays healthy, it’s there for him.”

Clark currently has offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and Utah State. The Tacoma native will be joining Jones and fellow Heir Academy athletes Kasen Kinchen and Emeka Egbuka on a visit to Notre Dame on Thursday.

“I know Kasen and Donovan have made a really good connection with Coach (Todd) Lyght and I know Lyght likes both of them,” says Jones. “They actually fit into the scheme really well. You look at what Notre Dame is doing and Donovan is the perfect boundary corner for them.

“The history of Notre Dame is special. It doesn’t matter where you’re from in the country, you know about Notre Dame. Everyone knows ‘Rudy.’ That’s a football classic. That history and tradition, it’s a place you have to go see. If you have the opportunity, you have to go see it. These guys, they’re big-time recruits, they have the ability to go and do that and they want to go see Notre Dame to check it out.”

Clark is a physical player who attacks the ball and also runs track.

“He’s just learning new techniques and he’s open to learning, which is the mark of a really good player,” says Jones. “They’re not stuck in their ways. He’s open to learning new things and trying new things to constantly enhance his game.”

Off the field, Jones says Clark has a “really fun personality.”

“He’s going to attract a lot of people to him just because of his bubbliness,” Jones adds. “Just being around other players and people, they’re attracted to him. He’s very confident, which I love. Not cocky, but he’s very confident. He walks around and he knows that he’s the guy, but he’s earned it. He’s earned the right to feel that way because he’s worked so hard to get there.”

Clark takes academics seriously, according to Jones.

“Grades are extremely important to him and they’re extremely important to his mom and his dad. I love that kid.”

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