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Donovan Clark No. 7 for IU in 2014

One of Indiana's longest-standing cornerback targets is off the board, and headed to Bloomington.

Donovan Clark, a three-star defensive back out of Fort Wayne South Side, committed to Indiana over several Mid-American Conference offers Tuesday. He made the announcement via his Twitter account.

Indiana offered Clark in early February, and through the winter and spring, the Fort Wayne prospect was a regular on IU's campus. He attended a junior day in Bloomington on Feb. 2 and a spring practice in early March, and Seth Littrell and Brandon Shelby, his regional and position coaches, respectively, stayed in close contact as well.

Additionally, Clark's relationship with current Hoosier and family friend Kenny Mullen helped Indiana's cause.

"We talk a lot, actually," Clark said earlier this year, of his relationship with Mullen and his family. "I've actually known his family. Our families are pretty close, so I've known him for quite some time now."

By Tuesday, all of that time spent building a solid relationship with the 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete paid off, landing the Hoosiers their first non-lineman commitment on the defensive side of the ball in 2014, and their seventh overall.

The No. 12 prospect in the state of Indiana, according to the 247Composite, Clark finished his junior season at South Side with 23 tackles, three interceptions and three pass break-ups. He also posted 294 passing yards and three passing touchdowns last fall, and he tallied up 1,049 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, with one more through the air.

Inside Indiana will have more on this developing story.

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