Coach Scott Satterfield has an unbelievable class so far for 2021, but he’s not done adding to the program. Today, he dipped into the transfer market to pick up CB Kae’Trel Clark. Clark is one of two players who are transferring from Liberty University. He announced his transfer last month with this post on Twitter.
*Announcement* I have entered my name into the transfer portal I will no longer be attending Liberty University please respect my decision ✊🏿. pic.twitter.com/HmsHD7DeRJ— Kei’Trel (Tre) Clark™️ (@_treclark) June 22, 2020
With the protests against police brutality and equality taking place nationwide, Clark was stating that the leadership at Liberty was taking a stance he disagreed with. This led to, not only him, but two other players leaving the program. Now, he’s found a home at Louisville where he will be under the direct tutelage of one of the best young defensive coordinators and cornerbacks coaches in the country Bryan Brown. Brown is also African American and will almost certainly be a head coach in the very near future.
Once he entered his name into the transfer portal, quite a few schools came calling. West Virginia and Ole Miss officially offered Clark while Notre Dame had expressed some interest. Eventually, the offer from the staff at Louisville was one Clark couldn’t turn down.
Clark played for Liberty in 13 games last season. He had 38 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, a sack, 6 passes defensed, and 6 passes broken up. He was second in passes defensed and passes broken up on Liberty’s team.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Clark will have to sit out one year unless he’s granted a waiver. It’s possible he may seek one and also possible, based on his valid grievances, he could get one. However, with 2020 uncertain, maybe he just opts to set out 2020 and be prepared to contribute in 2021.
The 5’10 165 lbs Clark came out of Manchester High School in Midlothian, VA. He chose Liberty over offers from Kent State, Marshall, Akron, and Western Michigan, among others.
With his fluid hips, ability to change direction on a dime, and accelerate to top speed quickly, Clark can be a disruptive force at CB. He’s excellent at man coverage, especially playing off and reading the QB’s eyes. This leads him to make numerous tackles. He’s long and lanky and it gives him the ability to break up or pick off a lot of passes. While he didn’t have any interceptions for Liberty last season, I think he could become a player for Louisville able to do that.
Clark will provide experience, depth, and talent at a spot Louisville will need it. Another great pickup by Scott Satterfield and staff.