UPDATED: Video has been unearthed! Please check at the bottom of this post.
The 2013 UCLA football recruiting class has landed another 4-star commit in defensive tackle Kenneth Clark out of Rialto, CA.
BECAUSE WE’RE F*CKING AWESOME.
UCLA went awhile between our last big commitment — which was OLB Myles Jack — but the kid that’s committing is no freaking joke. Let’s take the opportunity to analyze the hell out of this dude, and figure out just how big of a deal he’s going to be.
Normally, we’d have tape on our recruits, but there isn’t anything on Clark, at least nothing I can embed for you fine kids here. Instead, check out a 10-minute tape from Scout here.
What do the scouting reports say? The dude’s a freaking beast. He’s got a hell of a motor — totally necessary for an elite defensive tackle at any level — and has solid size at 6’2” and weighing in at 285 pounds. All scouting reports say, however, that he could add weight and bulk up to get to a totally different level. Most, however, like his approach to the game, with one report dropping the “b” phrase (er, “blue collar”) when describing his overall game. Reports also seem to want to see better technique out of Clark. Hell, when you’re 17, technique is usually pretty raw.
Overall, the dude’s going to be a legit defensive tackle for UCLA if his commitment holds. He’ll be doing things a bit differently in Westwood, since the primary job of any defensive linemen is to take up as much space as possible and allow for the linebackers to make plays on the ball (while making the necessary tackles that come there way, which Clark seems to be good at).
We’re glad to have another gem at the defensive tackle position, because, as Jim Mora said during spring practice, it’s UCLA’s strong-point. This is going to be necessary in the pass-happy Pac-12.
Good job, Kenny. You know what’s good for you.
**UPDATE** We’ve unearthed a video of Clark’s junior year. Oh. My. Goodness.