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Signing Day Drama: TCU flips 4-star Virginia commit Bud Clark

Boom! The Frogs add a stud safety to the 2020 class.

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There are always flips on signing day, and after seeing two commits wind up other places earlier in the day the Horned Frogs now see a flip go their way. 4-star safety and Virginia commit Bud Clark has switched his pledge to TCU and signed with the Frogs.

Clark hails from Alexandria, Louisiana, and has been committed to Virginia since April. TCU never let up on him. A tall, rangy, athletic safety, Clark will be a phenomenal asset in TCU’s secondary.

Rated as the No. 31 safety for the class of 2020, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Clark held 15 offers including TCU, Virginia, LSU, Ole Miss, Colorado, and Arizona State.

Clark becomes the 14th commit for TCU’s 2020 class, but just the second defensive back alongside cornerback commit Keontay Jenkins.

One rumor circulating around Clark is that his grades were going to keep him out of Virginia, which is why he made the switch. TCU typically doesn’t take guys they don’t think will make it in, and does tremendous work to get guys eligible and into school. Just last class they worked tirelessly with Dylan Jordan to get him in.

With TCU losing Innis Gaines, Vernon Scott, and Keenan Reed safety is a point of emphasis for this class. Of course, with guys like Trevon Moehrig, Ar’Darius Washington, and Nook Bradford, not to mention LaKendrick Van Zandt and Josh Foster, the cupboard isn’t exactly bare. Add Atanza Vongor and Michael Onyemayobi into the mix as well, and there’s a lot of talent at safety, if not a ton of experience behind Moehrig and Washington.