On Jan. 29, Dawson County senior Sevaughn Clark announced via Twitter that he had turned down multiple scholarship offers for the opportunity to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Georgia in the fall of 2019.
“I think it is an amazing opportunity,” Clark said. “I just want to make the most of the chance to play for one of the best programs in the country.”
Clark has been working with the coaching staff of UGA since his junior year, when he set the Dawson County High School single-season rushing record with 1,806 yards on 286 carries, averaging 6.3 yards per carry and 150.5 yards per game with 16 touchdowns during the 2017 season.
He entered the 2018 season having moved under center for the Tigers and continued to demonstrate his athleticism by amassing 936 passing yards with nine touchdowns and added another 827 yards on the ground and 15 scores.
Head Coach Sid Maxwell indicated that his young quarterback had been the center of attention for several weeks since the end of the Tigers record breaking 10-2 season.
“He has been heavily recruited by several pretty good schools,” Maxwell said. “Navy was just here last weekend to talk to him. Took him out to dinner and everything.”
Despite the return of the team’s leading rusher in D’Andre Swift, the Bulldogs were eager to add potential talent to their roster since junior Elijah Holyfield announced himself draft eligible last month.
Clark will be joining Anthony Summey from St. Peters Prep in Jersey City, N.J., who was also recruited as a preferred walk-on, and both players are keenly aware that they are not guaranteed a spot in the lineup. The two will not only be competing with each other, but with players like returning running backs James Cook and Zamir White.
Clark’s signing with UGA, along with a trio of other Tiger college commitments, were acknowledged in a ceremony held in the Performing Arts Center on Feb. 6.