Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — Frank Clark — Defensive Line — Wolverine’s Spring Football — GBMWolverine Evaluations
GBMWolverine Football Spring Evaluations: Position-by-Position — Player Profile.
GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of Frank Clark and GBMWolverine’s analysis concerning his progress this spring in our opinion.
Note: We will not evaluate every player on the team and with this position group (Defensive Line) we will not evaluate #67 Nathan Brink. If you would like to chat about this player bring them up on the message board or send us an e-mail request.
Reminder: Also noted that we didn’t attend every practice and realize things happen during those fifteen practices, but our evaluations are based on what we seen first hand and in our opinion and not what we hear like just about every other site out there that relies on second, third hand information to make their evaluations of the players during the spring.
Losing from 2011 (Team #132) on scholarship: #39 Will Heininger, #53 Ryan Van Bergen, #68 Mike Martin, and #95 Chris Rock who has left the program.
Coming in for 2012 (Team #133) on scholarship: Willie Henry, Ondre Pipkins, Chris Wormley, Tom Strobel, Matt Godin, and Mario Ojemudia.
Commit for 2013 (Team #134) on scholarship: Henry Poggi, Maurice Hurst Jr., and Taco Charlton.
Position: Defensive Line (DE)
City/State: Cleveland, Ohio
High School: Glenville
High School Coach: Ted Ginn Sr.
Frank Clark is an athletic player from Cleveland Glenville. He was one of the last commits in his class. Frank played for a very talented team, was not physically imposing, played numerous positions, and as such went under the always-famous major college radar. But he has athletic skills that include quickness off the ball. He has gained strength, and weight, and the future is bright.
Based on what all of us have seen in 2011 games, and spring practice observations, Frank is one of the top two pass rushers on the current roster. He has an excellent first step and uses his hands very well against offensive linemen, shedding them (the linemen) to beat the block.
Frank still has some problems against the run. He is, as discussed above, in need of increased strength and weight. We believe these needs will come about and Frank will also benefit from more experience, very good coaching, time on the field, and natural maturity.
Clark is another player that we would have liked to see red-shirt last year. But with the depth and talent issues he was forced to play and did quite well. We are hoping that with Michigan recruiting talented defensive (and offensive this year) players this will be a thing of the past, where a player will be forced/expected to play earlier than he probably should be.
We believe Clark could have a very season and even though young he needs to be one of the leaders from the defensive line group.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff
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