LAWRENCE — Kansas football coach David Beaty landed the fifth known commitment of his 2016 recruiting class, picking up a verbal pledge from high school safety Michael Clark of Cedar Hill, Texas.
The news was first reported by Jon Kirby of Rivals.com.
Clark, a 6-foot-2 safety, told Rivals that he had begun to hear from a list of schools that included K-State and Houston. The Jayhawks, though, were the first school to offer a scholarship.
Clark is entering his senior season at Cedar Hill, a school that produced former KU football players Dezmon Briscoe, Greg Brown and Marcus Herford. Clark is also coached by Joey McGuire, a long-time friend of Beaty from their time coaching high school football in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Clark told Rivals that Kansas assistant Kenny Perry, who coaches cornerbacks and serves as the co-defensive coordinator, was the point man in the recruitment. Perry is also a former high school football coach in the area.
“He was recruiting me really hard and he was the first coach to offer,” Clark said. “That's a big deal."