Following a strong senior season with the Red Devils defensive standout Zach Clark will remain at home for the next step in his athletic and academic career, joining a record recruiting class at Kentucky Wesleyan College on Wednesday.
Clark said that it feels amazing to know that he is going somewhere he’s valued and loved by all, excited for what the future has in store.
“Today, when I made my decision official, I got this feeling that I have never felt before,” Clark said. “I felt overwhelmed with excitement and happiness and honestly it was one of the best feelings that I have ever experienced in my life.”
He joins a signing class of 44 after playing in all 14 games with Owensboro, finishing second on the team in tackles with 63, nabbing a sack and a pick six in the process. Clark after playing against them will become a Panther, something he knew would be the case since he stepped on Kentucky Wesleyan’s campus.
“The coaching staff showed me love that no other staff in the country has shown me,” Clark said. “I already feel a strong chemistry with the coaches and players. Last but not least, God is also one of the reasons I’m going to KWC. I have prayed non-stop. He has taken me on a journey to exactly where he wants me.”
Clark said that the overall connection between the coaches and players also stood out, noting that he can already see that every single one of the coaches cares and loves every single player on the team. That level of respect shows him that he’s joining a group that truly wants the best for each and every person in the locker room.
“All the players treat every coach with extreme respect,” Clark said. “This is a very disciplined program that is about to make a very huge impact in the years to come. As a high school player I don’t know why anyone would not want to be a part of it.”
The former Red Devil is also looking forward to the academic side of things, as he will be majoring in accounting and business administration.
“KWC is one of the most prestigious colleges in the state of Kentucky,” Clark said. “A degree from KWC provides opportunities after graduation leading to great success… I feel like these two things will take me extremely far in life. It all fits right into what I love to do.”
And while Clark is more than ready to take his abilities on and off the field to the next level, he’s going to miss his teammates—many of which he’s grown up with. Zach has made countless memories with them along with his coaches, proud to call them family even if they won’t be suiting up for the same squad.
“I wouldn’t trade any of them for anything in this world,” Clark said. “It’s going to hurt parting ways with all of them as we all grow up and do our own things. But every single person in my class knows if they ever need help or someone to talk to that I’m also going to be there for them. I’m also going to miss all of my coaches. Each has played a huge part in my football journey, teaching me many life lessons. I wish the very best for all of them.”