Jakai Clark’s recruitment took a 180-degree turn the last couple days.
The 3-star offensive lineman from Grayson (Ga.) High School entered Saturday with the most mutual interest with Boston College, Syracuse and Temple. Clark picked up an offer from Auburn before the Tigers’ spring game.
He committed to the Tigers on Tuesday when he returned for a mid-week visit, Clark told SEC Country.
Clark is the third commitment in Auburn’s 2019 class, joining quarterback Bo Nix and wide receiver George Pickens.
The 6-foot-2, 305-pound lineman plays center for Grayson. He ranks as the No. 12 center in the country — and the No. 1,341 overall prospect — but his stock is rising. Clark is the first center in the 2019 class that Auburn has pursued outside of Oxford (Ala.) center Clay Webb.
Clark plays for a high school with which the Tigers hope to become familiar.
Grayson regularly cranks out Division I talent, and the Class of 2019 might be its best yet. Clark is high school teammates with 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe and 4-star tackle Wanya Morris. Both of those prospects were on campus earlier this week. The offer and commitment from Clark isn’t a coincidence.
With Clark’s commitment, the Tigers move up five spots to No. 31 in the 247Sports composite team rankings.
Auburn needs to emphasize offensive linemen in the 2019 class. Clark is the first to jump on board. The Tigers’ biggest line needs are at tackle, but interior depth is always welcome. Clark’s commitment draws the most interest because of his friendship with Pappoe and Morris.
According to one source, this doesn’t change anything in the recruitment of Webb. Auburn knows it’ll be a battle for Webb, but the Tigers were more than eager to immediately add a center targety. The Tigers still plan to recruit Webb who remains a top target regardless of position or location.
Clark also held offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Kansas, Minnesota and West Virginia.