Virginia picks up late safety commit from Georgia’s Clark, previously committed to North Dakota State

By Jerry Ratcliffe

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Virginia is hoping that some of North Dakota State’s loss is the Cavaliers’ gain, as UVA picked up a late commitment in the recruiting class of 2023 on Sunday.

Devin Clark, a speedy defensive back from the Atlanta suburbs, announced on his Twitter account that he had committed to UVA. He had previously committed to perennial FCS national champion North Dakota State back in August.

The second National Signing Day for college football is this coming Wednesday, when Clark will join UVA’s class announced in December.

A 3-star from Marietta High School, Clark is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety who also played wide receiver. He is an accomplished track-and-field athlete as well, who has clocked two sub-48-second 400-meter times, and also has an 11.40 100-meter and 22.19 200-meter time to his credit as a junior.

Recruited and offered by UVA defensive coordinator John Rudzinski, the Cavaliers obviously liked Clark’s speed and length for a safety. He has a wingspan of 6-8.

Ranked the No. 63 safety in the nation by 247Sports, he is also rated the No. 70 overall recruit in Georgia. He also held offers from Richmond and Jacksonville State.

As a senior, Clark posted 30 tackles, two interceptions and a tackle for loss on defense. Offensively, he had 26 receptions for 318 yards and a touchdown, averaging 12.2 yards per catch. He had three interceptions as a junior and another as a sophomore, when he also had 220 yards in receptions and a score.

He was offered by UVA on Jan. 18.

For a complete list of Virginia’s 2023 recruiting class, see chart below: