Not long after Mat Clark committed to play baseball for the College of Charleston, head coach Monte Lee made the move to Clemson.
The 2016 left-handed pitcher from Hilton Head was on the phone with Lee the day after his introductory press conference in Tigertown.
“A couple of weeks ago I committed to College of Charleston, just knowing a little that it was a possibility that he could end up at Clemson. So we kind of waited it out,” Clark said, during an interview with TheClemsonInsider.
“Once he did go there, he gave me a call and offered the possibility of me going there.”
Bradley LeCroy expressed interest in Clark before he committed to College of Charleston.
“I would keep in touch with coach LeCroy a little bit…but not a whole lot of interest, no offer or anything, but we would keep in touch,” Clark said.
Clark had offers from Furman and Liberty and interest from West Virginia and Charleston Southern.
“I’m excited to play for coach Lee,” he said. “(Lee) had a great amount of success at the College of Charleston. I’m pretty certain that he’s going to be able to bring that kind of success to Clemson, too. So it’s going to be fun to play for him.”
As a junior, Clark went 6-3 with 0.79 ERA. He also recorded 102 strikeouts and five walks.
“I love the (Clemson) campus,” he said. “It’s a great area. It’s kind of secluded, like everyone in the Clemson area will be cheering for Clemson, so it will be fun.”