Early Tuesday (April 16) afternoon, Virginia football special teams coordinator Ricky Brumfield took to Twitter. He tweeted the following:
🔷⚔️🔶 LouisiANIMALS 👀 👀
— Coach B (@RickyBrumfield) April 16, 2019
Turns out Coach Brumfield was celebrating UVA’s newest class of 2020 commitment. Ja’Darius Clark, a 6’2”, 175-pound rising junior defensive back out of Alexandria Senior High School in Alexandria, Louisiana, announced hours later that he is “110% Committed” to the University of Virginia. The standout prospect visited Virginia earlier this month.
Clark, who goes by “Bud,” is rated a 4-star cornerback by 247Sports and 3-star safety by Rivals. He picked the Hoos over offers from LSU, Arizona State, Kansas and TCU, among others, and becomes the third Louisiana native – class of 2019 signees Mike Hollins and Dontayvion Wicks being the others – to commit to Virginia in the last two classes. Brumfield, who was hired by Virginia in January of 2018, was born in New Orleans and attended high school in Marrero, Louisiana.
— bud💫 (@ClarkJadarius) April 16, 2019
Clark is a versatile defensive back with experience as a safety and cornerback. Versatility is becoming a staple of Bronco Mendenhall’s defensive backs, with soon-to-be NFL Draft pick Juan Thornhill a prime example. Thornhill committed to former UVA head coach Mike London but was used as a cornerback and safety when Mendenhall took the reins. Like Thornhill, Clark wears jersey no. 21, which you can see in the video highlights below.
Clark is Virginia’s third commitment in the class of 2020, joining Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Jestus Johnson and Archbishop Spalding (Severn, MD) defensive tackle Jahmeer Carter.