Ballou DT Lamonte Clark to Kansas State; a new pipeline?
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Ballou senior defensive tackle Lamonte Clark has about a half-dozen scholarship offers and was doing whatever he could to find out about each school. Last week, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Clark began chatting on Facebook with Arundel's 2009 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Billy Cosh, who is off to Kansas State to play quarterback.
Cosh made the case to Clark that Kansas State could prove to be another school outside of the region - like Illinois and New Mexico, for example - that attracts Washington area players because of coaches with ties to the area. Cosh's father, Chris, a District native and former Maryland assistant, is Kansas State's co-defensive coordinator.
"He was saying how we need a couple of local guys to get things going," Clark said of his chats with Billy Cosh. "I really wanted to go to [North] Carolina, but the more I thought about it, I wanted to start something new. They can really do some things in the Big 12."
And with that, Clark called the Wildcats Monday and orally committed to sign next February.
It could be an interesting college career for Clark and the Wildcats. Prior to last season, Kansas State brought head coach Bill Snyder out of a three-year retirement to revitalize the program he turned into a national contender, highlighted by the 2003 Big 12 title.
It remains to be seen whether Kansas State will have a chance to win another Big 12 title. This past spring, the conference lost Nebraska to the Big 10 and Colorado to the Pac-10, and its future is shaky, at best.
None of that, though, fazed Clark.
"I know we can win there," Clark said. "It doesn't matter about a conference."
| June 30, 2010; 9:41 AM ET
Categories: Ballou, DCIAA, Kansas State , Lamonte Clark
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