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Friday, December 18, 2009
Clark saw greatness in Lewis early

By JEFF DICKERSON

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Desmond Clark didn't attend Miami, but he has plenty of background on Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis. Both prepped at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla., back in the 1990s.

Lewis was two years ahead of Clark in school and even though a mouth injury prevented Clark from playing on the varsity team with Lewis as a sophomore (Florida students did not start high school until the 10th grade at that time), he knew his older classmate was destined for greatness.

"He was probably the most dominating player in the state at that time," Clark said. "Same kind of guy he is right now, team leader, guy that you would rally around to take you on the field. Pretty much the same guy you see now is the same guy he was in high school."

Besides being an all-conference quarterback, free safety and punt returner in high school, Clark was also the holder for former Bears kicker Paul Edinger on field goals and extra points. Small world.