By: Ethan Schmidt
CLARKSVILLE, TN- It took longer then expected, but for Senior, Nekoda “Neko” Clark, it was all worth the wait when he was able to announce his commitment to Birmingham Southern College to continue his academic and athletic career.
“I’m very excited. I’ve been waiting for this moment for awhile. I had a lot of doubters, and it was like as soon as I got that one offer when I visited at Birmingham, I was set on that school. I just wanted to go there and show my athletic ability,” said Clark.
Birmingham Southern College competes in NCAA Division III as a member of the Southern Athletic Association. The Panthers, like many other non NCAA FBS programs, played a spring season. They finished with a 2-2 record with wins against Rhodes and Centre College. They would also have 20 players receive all-conference honors this season including former Clarksville High School Wildcat, Brandon Armstrong. For Clark, joining a former high school teammate at the next level was also a big factor in his decision making.
“When I was here at Clarksville High School, [Brandon] was like that star athlete out there, and getting to play with him again and showing him that I’m moving up in college with him and up in the ranks, it’s a good feeling,” said Clark.
Neko plans on studying Engineering and would like to be an Environmental Health and Safety Manager. Clark also hopes that his journey will inspire others.
“Keep going, keep praying,” said Clark, “day in, day out, whatever someone says, just prove them wrong at the end of the day. Make goals for yourself to tell yourself to do better. That you can do this, you can do that, it doesn’t matter. Just never count yourself out.”