CALERA, Ala. (WIAT) - Ronnie Clark is a handful on the football field. The four-star safety, who is currently committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, stands at nearly 6 feet 4 inches.
His height combined with his athleticism takes a lot of game planning for opponents to understand how to deal with him.
However, opponents aren’t the only ones who have to handle Clark. His high school also has its hands full.
“It’s a 50-50 deal. Part of the coach's job is to keep the team focused, keep the athlete focused on what we’re doing right now,” said Calera High School head coach Wiley McKeller.
Principal Richard Bishop says it’s all about not deviating from the plan.
“We still follow our safety plan. We require everyone to sign in – including when Gus Malzahn or Nick Saban walk on our campus,” said Bishop.
The star-studded list of visitors aren’t the only thing the front desk at the high school has to deal with, though. Clark also receives large amounts of mail from schools interested in his talents, hoping to coax him into choosing to sign a National Letter of Intent with them when National Signing Day rolls around.
“It’s not an ‘Oh no!’ feeling, but Ronnie does get quite a few pieces of mail every day,” said Barbie Kauffman, who works at the front desk at the school.
Clark receives 25 times the amount of mail than the average student.
“You know, you’re lucky if you get a couple of guys like this in a career,” said McKeller. “Some guys don’t even get one, so we feel very fortunate to have a guy like [Clark].”
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