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Prescott football’s Austin Clark commits to Northern Arizona
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Prescott’s star quarterback Austin Clark, middle, inks his letter of intent during his signing day on Wednesday, May 15, at Prescott High School. He committed to join the Northern Arizona University football team for the upcoming fall season. (Missy Townsend/Courtesy)

Prescott’s star quarterback Austin Clark, middle, inks his letter of intent during his signing day on Wednesday, May 15, at Prescott High School. He committed to join the Northern Arizona University football team for the upcoming fall season. (Missy Townsend/Courtesy)

PRESCOTT — Prescott High School’s athletic programs were teeming with talent this year and it’s no surprise yet another player has signed their commitment letter to compete at the college level.

Workhorse quarterback Austin Clark was Prescott’s latest athlete that chose to continue his athletic career at Northern Arizona University as he signed his letter of intent in front of family, friends and school members on Wednesday, May 15, at Prescott High School.

Clark started to make a name for himself in his sophomore year where he played in eight of 10 games and then became Prescott’s full-time starting quarterback the following year. His junior campaign saw him grow into a much more polished and mature team player as he threw 106.5 yards per game with a .504 completion rate and 80.8 QB rating.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder’s senior year was nothing short of outstanding as he willed the Badgers to their first playoff appearance since 2012 despite suffering a slew of injuries halfway, which required immediate surgery after the season was over. During this season, Clark also broke all but one of the school’s rushing records and formulated a final stat line of 83.2 yards per game, .489 completion percentage and 72.9 QB rating.

“He was really just a workhorse for us, tough as nails,” said Prescott coach Cody Collett. “My last memory of him was just how hard he battled in that last playoff game, running his butt off and throwing three touchdowns and just battling the entire 48 minutes in a pretty hard-fought playoff game over there at Greenway.”

As good of an athlete Clark is, he might just be better in the classroom as the scholar athlete took four AP classes his senior year.

“It’s always exciting,” Collett said. “We’ve been fortunate because our kids’ commitment to the classroom and we’ve had a fair amount of guys that have been able to get the opportunity to play college football and Austin certainly is indicative of that. He’s got a high GPA and will have chance to do some good things there at NAU.”

Fellow Badger Max Flores (T, C) will be accompanying Clark at Northern Arizona as he also signed his commitment letter this year. The duo will join Prescott alumni John Chaffeur and Aaron Greene who have already spent one season with the Lumberjacks.

It’s duly noted that after Jerome Souers stepped down as head coach last fall to start a new role with the school, Northern Arizona hired Chris Ball to be his successor for the 2019-2020. With 74 playoff appearances and 200 seasons of collegiate experience between Ball and his coaching staff, they will look to lead Clark and the Lumberjacks back to the NCAA FCS Playoffs as they failed to qualify last year.

OTHER COLLEGE-COMMITTED PRESCOTT ATHLETES

Colton Amos, Carnegie Mellon (football)

Cade Schroeder, Ottawa University (football)

Trevor Cargill, Embry-Riddle (soccer)

Slater Krupnick, University of Aurora (baseball)

Ryan Doyle, Embry-Riddle (soccer)

Ean Porter, Arizona Christian University (football)

Hunter Kronberg, Whittier College (football)

Andrew Salberg, University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse (wrestling)

Max Flores-Northern Arizona University (football)

Noah Eder, Arizona State University (band)

Bryan Malone, Arizona State University (band)

Aaron Valdez is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter at @Valaaron_94. Email avaldez@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.

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