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Rosewood's Clark will join new college football program in Georgia

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on May 8, 2013 1:46 PM

Josh Clark knew that he wanted to play college football. He did not know, until recently, that his love of the game would take him so far from home.

Clark signed a letter of intent to play football at Berry College (Ga.) next season. He will join a new program that will play its first game in September.

"It's exciting to be a part of the first football class at Berry," Clark said. "That is really what made my decision a little bit easier. Everything at Berry is starting fresh and all the players coming in have the same goal and that is to build a quality program."

After his senior season at Rosewood concluded, Clark began to weigh his college options. He visited Methodist, Guilford College and Greensboro College. After talking it over with his parents, Clark decided to go a little farther from home.

"Berry is about an eight-hour drive from Rosewood," Clark said. "My parents were fine with my decision and they are happy for me."

Two of the major selling points for Clark were Berry's sprawling campus and the undergraduate work program that the college offers. Every incoming freshman is guaranteed an on-campus job if they want one.

The willingness to work is what defined Clark's tenure at Rosewood.

"Josh is a kid that will do anything that a coach asks of him," Eagles head coach Robert Britt said. "On the field, in the weight room, or in the classroom he is a hard worker."

Over the summer months Clark plans to work on his strength and his foot speed. The 5-foot-9, 240-pound lineman will be asked to transition from the Wing-T offense that Rosewood employs to the West Coast offense that Berry head coach Tony Kunczewski runs.

Clark can play all five offensive line positions, but is best suited to play either center or guard at the next level.

"Playing in a West Coast offense is tough on the linemen," Clark said. "It's up-tempo, a lot of short passing and outside running, which is why I have to work on my foot speed over the summer."

Clark plans to major in business administration and hopes to attend law school.