What does #41 mean to you? I get visions of Oregon State tacklers getting dragged around, proposals, punctured lungs, and insurance? That’s weird. Anyway, today #41 is Jaylen Clark.
#41, Jaylen Clark, RS Sophomore, Safety
Height: 6’ 2”
Weight: 200 lbs
High School: Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA
How’d he get to the Blue™?
Mr. Clark was a late addition to the 2020 class. So late that he was even added after the traditional signing day, having inked his LOI on May 1st.
Clark was a three star recruit as rated by 247Sports. He was the no. 12 rated recruit by the same website. He was a two-way player for Lincoln HS netting 52 passes for 776 yards with 11 touchdowns at wide receiver. On defense he had 19 tackles (10 solo) and four INTs. He was first-team All-Pierce County League at both WR and CB. Kid is talented.
Clark was recruited by all the usual suspects in the Pac-12: Washington, Washington State, Utah, and Oregon (but no offers from any of those schools). He was offered by Arizona and Colorado, but those offers fell through after coaching changes.
Ok, buckle up: “Head & Shoulders”
This one is a journey, but it’s almost worth it. First off:
If your inspiration is Troy Polamalu, and you’ve got amazing hair? Well, we know where that leads.
Our prediction engine says Russell Westbrook, but with “low confidence”, kind of like our confidence in Russell Westbrook putting up shots these days.
Played in 4 games for the Broncos in 2020. Returned blocked punt for TD against Wyoming but was robbed by MWC refs by phantom blocking penalty.
Played in 8 games for the Broncos in 2021, with three tackles (two solo) to his name.
Made the Fall 2021 Academic All-MW list.
While officially listed at Safety after mostly seeing spot time in that position the last two seasons, Jaylen was moved to cornerback before spring camp, and it sounds like he may stick there. New cornerbacks Coach Demario Warren spoke highly of Clark’s ability to adapt and improve over camp.
With the stockpile at safety, and the amount of soon-to-depart upperclassmen at cornerback, the position switch could be very beneficial for the team and Clark’s playing time.
Is he on Twitter?
Completely Made Up Fact
Before football, Jaylen had dreams of being an entertainer, and often sings his own version of Drake songs in the shower.