Cameron Clark is looking to provide a spark for the Hocking Hawks defensive line.
“I had interest from major junior college programs, to begin with, but Hocking just seemed right, you know? I’m five hours away from my home. It felt so secure,” Clark said.
The culture that the Hocking College football program has put together was what sold him. Being told by Hawks Head Football Coach Adolphus Mathews that he could be a game-changer for the program was big as well.
The 6-foot-3, 226 pound, Saginaw, Michigan native started playing football at the age of seven and didn’t want to stop. He always knew the game would take care of him. He would tell you that all of his elders had a part in making him the person he is today. He is forever grateful for their sacrifices.
“My mother Shalon and my father Tim. They pushed me to levels I never imagined reaching. They really put that grind hard [mentality] in me,” he said about what motivates him to play football.
Cameron Clark has come a long way. As a freshman in high school, he was expelled. On the football field, at the age of 16, he was top-ranked in camps that he attended which showed him that he had the talent to play the game.
Coming out of Saginaw’s Arthur Hill High School, Cameron Clark held scholarship offers from Alma College, Adrian College, Culver-Stockton, Davenport University, and minor interest from Saginaw Valley. He said he will always remember his grit and determination. He was voted by teammates as the player with the most grit and he knew his hard work hadn’t gone unnoticed.
“Stay focused dude. Your friends can always wait. Worry about the business that pays you. Those people you joke with aren’t gonna pay for college and get you out of Saginaw,” he said when asked what he would tell his former self going through the recruiting process.
Looking at Cameron Clark on film, he is always playing to the whistle and doesn’t give up on plays. He wants to be involved even if the ball carrier is on the other side of the field. He enjoys the thrill of playing defensive end. Every tackle for loss, every sack, still makes him feel like it’s the first one. Being on the frontline of the defense, he carries that pressure well. Check out his senior highlights.
He believes that the best parts of his game are his speed and size. He uses being undersized as an advantage to make big plays.
“Anything. There’s always room for improvement. Nobody has ever had the “perfect” career,” Clark said about what he needs to work on to be a complete football player.
“I [have] put so much work into this sport since middle school. I want to take this game as far as I can and make it reward me so I can get back all that work and bask in the success,” he said.
The Hocking Hawks have their first official game August 31 on the road against Erie Community College. Game time for that matchup is 1 pm eastern time.
“Sack, definitely. When you show how easy it is to take down the leader of the offense, everyone around him will fold fast,” Clark said on which first in his college football career will mean the most.