UGA commit Tyler Clark was in Auburn this past weekend for an unofficial visit. It was one of multiple visits to the longtime rivals of the Bulldogs in the past couple of months.
But UGA fans should not worry about him flipping to Auburn anytime soon. In fact, he says the only way he de-commits is if there is a major overhaul to the coaching staff.
“If coach (Mark) Richt or if (UGA defensive line coach Tracy) Rocker somehow got fired, I would consider leaving. I don’t think that’s happening anytime soon, though,” Clark told the AJC’s DawgNation.com on Monday.
Last month, the 4-star defensive tackle from Americus Sumter County High School made waves when he said he was only “99-percent committed” to UGA. He says that 1 percent was left open to explore his options around the country.
One of Clark’s friends explained what was going on:
“The point of the visits is just to compare schools to Georgia, He grew up loving Georgia and all he really knows is the Georgia Bulldogs. This is a lifetime decision for him. I would tell the fans that he is 100-percent committed to Georgia. But why wouldn’t you want a 17-year-old kid to explore? Why would you not want him to go to a school and say ‘OK — I’ve been there and done that. I still love Georgia. My dream is still to be a Georgia Bulldog and that’s what I am going to do.’”
Clark doesn’t plan on stopping his trips to other schools. One of the reasons for that is when he committed back in May, UGA coaches told him it was OK for him to see other colleges, according to Clark.
That’s why the 6-foot-4, 298-pounder is planning official visits to Auburn and Tennessee — in addition to one at UGA. He plans on taking all five official visits, although the other two calendar spots remain open. He doesn’t have dates set for his trips, yet.
When Clark goes to shake the hands of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn or Tennessee coach Butch Jones on those official visits, one thing will remain the same – that red UGA bracelet that he wears on his right wrist won’t come off.