The Texas Longhorns signed a longtime commitment on Early Signing Day with the official addition of Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe running back Christian Clark.
The 6’0, 195-pounder was pledged to Texas since committing to the Longhorns in the aftermath of an official visit in June as the third pledge that week, choosing Texas over his four other finalists — Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, and Oregon. The Seminoles and Duck hosted Clark for official visits earlier this month and the Bulldogs were scheduled to have Clark on campus this weekend, a visit that is now canceled.
“The relationship that I established with Coach Choice, Coach Sark and the staff,” Clark told On3 of his decision. “Choice’s energy is infectious. He has been to where I want to go and has proven that he knows how to develop running backs. My parents and I were able to spend one-on-one time with the staff of the communications department, which is one of the top programs in the country. I was able to hang out with players like Jonathon Brooks, Ced Baxter, and others. Hearing how they were able to adapt to college life was good to hear and the city of Austin is awesome. It just felt great overall.”
Clark ran for 737 yards and 11 touchdowns on 103 carries as a junior while adding 37 catches for 368 yards and five touchdowns.
Here’s the evaluation of Clark from 247Sports:
Strong and well-built frame with pronounced muscle definition. Thick lower half and legs. Forceful runner who is tough to bring down. Shows terrific feel behind the line of scrimmage to choose appropriate lanes. Accelerates when he has to at second level, but can slow things down to put defenders on skates. Displays good explosiveness to break runs to the outside. Usually lunges forward to pick up extra yards. Could continue to improve overall pass-blocking ability and straight-line speed, but projects as a multi-year starter at the elite Power Five level.
A consensus three-star prospect, Clark is ranked as the No. 332 player nationally and the No. 25 running back, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and represents another recruiting coup for position coach Tashard Choice, who was instrumental in landing the No. 1 running back in the 2023 recruiting class, CJ Baxter. Choice also added the nation’s No. 2 running back in 2024, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Jerrick Gibson, in the current cycle.