After visiting Tulane in late April, Marist (Ga.) offensive lineman Charlie Clark said he liked everything about the school and would make his final decision during the summer.
He didn’t even wait until the end of May, choosing the Green Wave over Georgia Southern on Saturday morning. He said he also considered Florida Atlantic.
“Tulane being the school that it is, I liked the academics it has to offer,” he said. “That really pushed it over the top, but I just wanted to commit, get it out of the way and focus on winning a state championship this summer and fall.”
Clark, a 6-foot-4, 270-pounder who was recruited as a tackle but also can play guard, is unrated by Rivals.com, largely because he did not start until his junior year. As a sophomore he backed up Sage Hardin, who signed with Georgia in 2015.
Marist runs the triple option, so Clark is familiar with the system new Tulane coach Willie Fritz uses. Fritz’ Georgia Southern teams led the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing the past two years.
“Definitely my run blocking is my strength,” Clark said. “I’m not as big as most D1 recruits, but I have some speed and agility, too.”
Marist, a Class 4A school in Georgia’s six-classification system, reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs last year. Clark believes his team is primed to win its first championship since 2003 after runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2008.
Despite Tulane’s lack of success in recent years, he expects Fritz and his staff to change the Wave’s fortunes quickly.
“They really know what they’re doing,” he said. “They run a tight ship. I’ve heard from a lot of people that they’re good coaches and they really know what they’re talking about. They’ve turned a lot of programs around, and they have a plan in place I think is going to be really good.”
Clark joins John Ehret cornerback Darius Campbell as commitments for the 2017 class.