4-star RB Christian Clark commits to Texas Longhorns

On3 imageby:Drew Schott06/22/23


Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe four-star running back Christian Clark has announced his commitment to Texas. He chose the Longhorns over Florida State, Georgia and Oregon.

Clark is the No. 269 overall prospect and No. 20 running back in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the No. 3 player in Arizona.

“He sees a lot of Bijan (Robinson) in me,” Clark told On3 on Feb. 15 about Texas running backs coach Tashard Choice. “He said that when he watched my film. He was like, ‘This is literally a mini Bijan, another one.’ That means a lot, that he recognizes my talent for Bijan’s because I think he should be a top-five pick this year.”

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound tailback chose head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff after taking an official visit to Texas last weekend. He also went to see the Longhorns on March 25.

“My mom always tells me that Austin is a great place to be,” Clark said on Feb. 15. “I can’t wait to get down there and really see it. I just like the culture of Texas, I like, of course, the history, Bijan, Ricky Williams. When he was there, I loved watching him.”

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Following Clark’s commitment, Texas’ 2024 recruiting class ranks No. 48 in the 2024 On3 Industry Team Recruiting Rankings and No. 15 in the SEC. It contains five players: Clark, Schertz (Texas) Smithson Valley four-star wide receiver Freddie Dubose Jr., Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain four-star cornerback Santana Wilson, Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair three-star quarterback Trey Owens and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas three-star kicker Michael Kern.

Wilson and Clark are the No. 2 and No. 3 prospects in Arizona, according to the On3 Industry Ranking. Both players officially visited the Longhorns on the same weekend.

“It was a lot of fun being able to spend more time with coach Choice and coach Sark,” Clark told Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas about his official visit on June 18. “They’re just great all-around people. I know my mom really liked them and my dad really liked them. It was just a great time all around.”

Clark may not be the only talented tailback who ends up playing on The Forty Acres. According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, Texas has a commanding lead for Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star Jerrick Gibson, the No. 2 running back in the On3 Industry Ranking.