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Lincoln High School's Jaylen Clark kept his game face on, even during the difficult moments.

Recruiting can go four quarters. He understood that.

And in the final minute, he experienced the ultimate victory - landing an NCAA Division I football scholarship.

That offer came from Boise State coaches (via phone call) on Tuesday afternoon, and Clark - a 6-foot-3, 195-pound all-state defensive back - accepted on the spot, joining Abes teammate Donovan Clark (no relation) as part of the Broncos' 2020 recruiting class.

"I was tired of waiting," he said.

You could make a case that Jaylen Clark was as valuable a contributor as any standout on the team as a senior. He caught 52 passes for 776 yards and 11 touchdowns at wide receiver. And on defense, he shared the team-lead (Julien Simon) with four interceptions at cornerback.

Clark was ranked No. 18 in Scorebook Live's top 100 football players in Washington list after the season.

Arizona and Colorado came in with real interest, only to have it blow up after coaching changes.

But he stayed in constant contact with Broncos' cornerbacks coach Jalil Brown during the whole process.

It also helped that Donovan Clark was constantly bragging that the both of them were going to end up being on the same college team - and quite possibly at the same position.

"We kept having talks together," Jaylen Clark said. "It ended up happening. It's almost like a dream come true."

Once Brown and Boise State coach Bryan Harsin told him an offer was on the table, he took it. Then he called his mother first thing. Tears were shed. The long wait was over.

"Man, patience is a virtue," Clark said.