Manchester QB Brendon Clark (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
Brendon Clark verbally commits to Notre Dame
by John Harvey, recruit804
Brendon Clark has been wanted to play college football since the time he was old enough to pick up a football.
The Manchester High quarterback will have a chance to play at one of the premier institutions in America in 2019 after he verbally committed to play at the University of Notre Dame.
The rising senior quarterback made the announcement Wednesday night on Instagram Live while vacationing with family in Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
With the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, Clark thanked the men and women in the armed services for protecting this country every day. He thanked his parents and friends through the entire process and had a message for his Lancer teammates.
I appreciate each and every one of you guys and I’m super stoked to go to battle with you guys this year,” Clark said.
Sitting at a table with baseball camps from North Carolina, Clemson and Notre Dame, Clark took off his windbreaker to reveal his decision to play for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.
Last summer, Clark verbally committed to Wake Forest University just before the start of fall practice after a very busy recruiting process between his sophomore and junior seasons.
After a strong junior campaign, Clark’s name continued to climb among the top programs in the country. He threw for 2,006 yards and 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions in his junior season. Additionally, he rushed for nearly 600 yards and 12 touchdowns in a campaign that led to his selection as the Class 6 Region B Player of the Year and to first-team, all-state honors.
Clark led the Lancers to a Commonwealth District title and guided Manchester team to a trip to the Class 6 regional final.
The 6-foot-2, 209-pound rising senior has the size and talent that college coaches dream about. He can make all the throws in the passing tree. A student of the game, he also works through his progressions and usually makes the proper read on every play.
Clark is also a threat with his feet too. The Manchester product rushed for nearly 600 yards last season and 12 touchdowns and is a bona fide threat in the red zone as a runner and passer.
His intangibles are also off the chart. A three-year starter, Clark is the unquestioned leader of the team, on both sides of the ball. The Manchester demands respect inside the huddle and always wants the ball in his hands with the game on the line.
This spring, he gained national notoriety after standout performance during The Nike Opening Regional in Charlotte and from there he was invited to the Elite 11 camp.
Clark is viewed nationally as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country and received interest from Power 5 programs like Clemson and Notre Dame this spring. He visited both programs during the spring and used those experiences to help him make his decision.
– John Harvey