If there’s one thing about Texas that’s definitely different from any other state, Rockwall High School junior quarterback Jacob Clark said it’s this: high school football.
“It’s a much bigger deal than I could have ever imagined,” Clark said.
And Texas high school football fans know exactly what he’s talking about: from the college-sized stadiums, to the raw talent, to the thousands of loyal fans that show up every Friday night.
After Clark’s sophomore year, he transferred to Rockwall from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., where he lived with his mom. He said he had visited his dad in Rockwall every summer since the fourth grade before deciding to make the move and call Texas home.
Clark quickly settled in and won the starting quarterback job, where he has since been turning heads.
“It’s important for a quarterback to have the respect of his teammates and he’s been really well accepted with everyone on our team,” Rockwall head coach Rodney Webb said.
For the 2019 class, he’s currently tied for first place in Division 6A with the most passing yards (1245), and in 14th place overall in Texas.
“I’m a perfectionist when it comes to football and a lot of other things,” Clark said. He added that he used Peyton Manning as a role model quarterback, because of Manning’s commitment to the game both on and off the field. Clark said Manning is one of the reasons watching game film became a big priority for on the field success.
“(Jacob has) a great temperament and is truly a student of the game,” Webb said.
He’s not, however, just Jacob Clark, the quarterback, and it’s no surprise that the 6’5” athlete is also a great basketball player. During Clark’s sophomore year, he led the Blue Valley Northwest basketball team to the Kansas 6A state title.
Clark has two siblings and three step-siblings, but said that none of them really played or enjoyed sports as much as he does. Clark’s father played college basketball for two years at Centenary College in Shreveport, La.
“My family always jokes that I got all of the competitive genes,” Clark said.
The competitiveness does show though, when it comes to professional football — his mother is a Kansas City Chiefs fan, and his father, a Dallas Cowboys fan. As for Clark, he’ll be rooting for the Cowboys when he gets to watch the two teams play against each other live at AT&T Stadium in Arlington this year.
Clark said he hopes that one day he has a chance to play in the NFL, too.
Though Clark doesn’t have any college scholarship offers yet, plenty of teams are beginning to notice the quarterback’s talent, and that’s likely to change by the end of the 2017 season.
“He’s got all the measurables to play at a high level collegiately,” Webb said.