The Minnesota Golden Gophers lost one quarterback in the last week, but P.J. Fleck and co. have added another with a commitment from Texas quarterback prospect Jacob Clark.
COMMITTED!! #RTB 〽️ ♂️ pic.twitter.com/Aqc7aOmgPb— Jacob Clark (@JacobClark_12) June 6, 2018
Even before Vic Viramontes decided to transfer after a semester at Minnesota, it was clear the Gophers were hoping to bring in two quarterbacks with this recruiting class. Clark, along with Cole Kramer, would appear to complete the pair. As the No. 24 pro-style quarterback prospect in the country according to 247 Sports, Clark is a solid addition at a position of (desperate) need.
Get to know Jacob Clark
Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Cal, Iowa, Purdue, Syracuse, TCU, Vanderbilt, and Washington State
247 Sports Composite Rating: .8601
At 6’5’’, Clark certainly has the size, but I am most impressed with his arm strength. Trying to gauge this from a highlight reel is difficult because of the nature of highlight reels, but I’ve heard praise for his ability to throw a variety of different passes, varying the touch and velocity as needed. For those who shudder at the thought of a run-first quarterback, fear not, because Clark is not that type of quarterback. He can certainly extend plays with his legs, but he is very much a pro-style quarterback in the sense that he is comfortable and poised in the pocket.
Last season at Rockwall High School — a playoff team in the largest division in Texas — Clark was 185-for-295 for 2,937 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also recorded 74 rushes for 245 yards with seven rushing touchdowns.
GopherNation, after reviewing some of Clark’s film, is mildly concerned that his highlights seem to portray him as more of a touch passer, with very few examples of drive or velocity on the ball. But he likes his size, poise, and touch.
How does he compare to Adam Weber?
“He’s taller.” - GopherNation