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Braxton Clark becomes latest member of ExitLight18

Hokies add Florida cornerback Braxton Clark to class of 2018.

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Well, that was fast. Go in one weekend, get a scholarship offer, commit on Tuesday. Sometimes these things work quickly. And so, Braxton Clark joins the Hokies class of 2018. He’s probably the least heralded recruit so far. Unranked across by three recruiting services (his basketball recruiting page comes up on scout before football does. ESPN doesn’t list him. Rivals and Scout don’t have him ranked. Ed. note: 247 ranked him as a high-three star shortly after this article was posted.), Clark joins the class from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando- he’s a former teammate of Class of 2017 recruit Robert Porcher IV. He’s got the new ideal size and length for a corner- 6’-3”, 180lbs in high school already- and does have a couple other DI offers at the moment- Boston College offered the day the Hokies did, and Rutgers offered him back on the 16th. His other offers are from smaller schools- Bowling Green, Toledo, South Alabama, and Florida Atlantic. He’s the second recruit from Florida in this class, joining Chamarri Conner. He’s also the first pure cornerback in the class, and overall the fourth defensive player.

Let’s see if we can see what the coaches saw.

Braxton Clark (Orlando, FL. 6’-3”, 180lbs. Cornerback)

Okay, so Clark isn’t a burner, but he does have some speed. I’m more interested in the backpedaling and the positioning I’m seeing right now. I think he’s got a good feel for the position to start with- he’s good at pinning receivers against the sideline and forcing the quarterback to make poor throws. I think he’s mostly being taken as a raw prospect with above-average feel and skill for the position. He’s not a bad tackler, but not a great one. I just think his timing and positioning are advanced for his age. With the additional fact that he’s got a prototypical frame, he’s an interesting prospect to take a shot on.

Welcome to ExitLight18, Braxton, hope you enjoy your stay.