Class Of 2014 Profile: DL/OL Jeremiah Clarke

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Jeremiah Clarke , DL/OL, Class of 2014

– T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria, VA)

– 6’5″, 270 pounds (measured in at this height and weight at UVa on February 24, 2013)

FOOTBALL BACKGROUND

As an 8th grader, Clarke played on T.C. Williams’ freshman team.  He played on the freshman team once again as a 9th grader.  After starting out his sophomore season on the junior varsity, Clarke was called up to the varsity midway through the season because of an injury.  Taking advantage, he started at left tackle the rest of the season.

As a junior in 2012, Clarke saw time at defensive end and defensive tackle.  He finished the season with 38 tackles including 14 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  Clarke earned first-team all-Patriot District honors for his performance his junior season.

RECRUITING UPDATE

Jeremiah Clarke has been on the radar of college coaches since his sophomore season, when he gained the interest of James Madison, Marshall, and Old Dominion.  A few games into his junior season, the University of Virginia started expressing interest.  Maryland began recruiting him late in his junior season, and ever since the standout lineman says college interest has taken off.

N.C. State, which at that point had Tom O’Brien as its head coach, was the first to offer Clarke (the new NCSU has offered as well).  Toledo and UNC-Charlotte followed suit.  This past Sunday, Clarke received his fourth scholarship offer while attending a recruiting event at the University of Virginia.

“It was a great opportunity,” Clarke said of the UVa Prospect Day experience.  It was his second visit to UVa overall.  “I went down, had a couple of conversations with Coach London and the recruiter from my area, Coach Poindexter.  I ended up getting an offer later in the day.”

In addition to the four schools that have offered, Clarke is also receiving very serious interest from Duke, Maryland, and Penn State.  Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest are expressing some interest.  Michigan and Ole Miss have sent some letters.

“It has sunk in. 

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