The decision for Jacob Clark came down to the Gophers and California. Tuesday night, the Rockwall, Texas, quarterback made up his mind, slept on it overnight and discussed it with parents. Then it was time to give his future college coach a call.
“Oh, he was pumped,” Clark said of Gophers coach P.J. Fleck. “He was extremely excited.”
Clark, who just finished his junior year at Rockwall High School in suburban Dallas, on Wednesday morning gave his verbal commitment to Minnesota.
The 6-5, 210-pounder joins Eden Prairie’s Cole Kramer, who committed in December, as quarterbacks pledged to the Gophers for 2019.
A three-star prospect, Clark is the 24th-rated pro-style quarterback nationally in the 247Sports.com composite rankings. He visited California over the weekend and had offers from 16 FBS programs, including Iowa and Purdue of the Big Ten.
For Clark, who made an unofficial visit to Minnesota on May 12, the decision to pick the Gophers over Cal came down to the right feel.
“My biggest factors for Minnesota were the culture that Coach Fleck has brought and, after visiting about three weeks ago, being able to see all the new facilities,” said Clark, who plans to finish high school early and enroll at Minnesota next January.
“I felt the most comfortable with Minnesota — the location and the ability to get in there and compete next year.”
So, what are the Gophers getting in Clark?
“Big kid, big arm, but he also throws the ball with incredible touch,” said Rodney Webb, his coach at Rockwall. “A lot of times, those big guys just muscle it everywhere. He’s got a lot of touch.”
Clark completed 185 of 295 passes for 2,937 yards and 29 touchdowns with 10 interceptions for Rockwall last year. He also rushed for 125 yards and seven touchdowns.
“He was a big-time producer for us,” Webb said.
Clark, who said he likes to stay in the pocket and make throws downfield, gives the Gophers’ 2019 class a complement to Kramer, who’s ranked No. 25 nationally among dual-threat QBs.
The addition of Clark gives the Gophers 11 verbal commitments for the recruiting Class of 2019. Minnesota’s class is ranked 24th nationally and sixth in the Big Ten in the 247Sports composite ratings.