Clark expects to work for playing time at UF

Clark will return to Gainesville for the UF-FSU game on Nov. 30. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Florida defensive tackle commit Khairi Clark checked out his future home Saturday with his mother.

He didn’t want to leave the following morning.

“I loved it,” he said. “I wanted to stay so bad. That was the first Gator game I’ve attended, and it was a great experience. I kept looking at the crowd and visualizing in my head, ‘I can see myself out there.’ I’m very excited to be part of this program.”

The 6-foot-2, 325-pounder from Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna paid close attention to Florida’s defensive tackles against Arkansas.

“I was watching them a lot,” he said. “They were getting a lot of pressure on some of the plays. There were times when the running backs were able to get some yardage. But I see myself being successful because they run a similar defense to my high school’s. So I’ll be able to get used to it.”

With Dominique Easley (torn ACL) out of the lineup, Clark noticed a difference on the defensive line and believes he can fill that void next season.

“They’re not the same without Easley,” he said. “He was the main anchor of the line. Whatever he did on the field, I feel it affected the other players and their play. He just made them go harder. So I think I can come in and be the anchor and a leader on the line.”

The UF coaches told Clark they want to add another DT to their 2014 class but haven’t found anyone yet. Although they’re still pursuing prospects at his position and signed five tackles last year, Clark isn’t worried about playing time.

“I’m the type that wants to come in and work for what I want,” he said. “I don’t expect anything to be handed to me. That’s how I like it.”