Jeremiah Clarke was not ready to commit by the end of May, but he still hopes to make his college choice before the start of his senior year. Six schools currently top the list for the T.C. Williams’ (Alexandria, VA) standout defensive lineman, who will visit one of his favorites on Thursday.
Clarke travels to Knoxville (TN) today to explore the University of Tennessee for the first time.
“SEC football is great football and they need defensive linemen, so I just want to check ’em out,” said the 6’5″, 270-pound rising senior.
After today, Clarke will have visited every one of the schools in his top six, which also includes Miami, North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia and Wake Forest. In terms of his current favorites, his most recent visit was to Miami and it took place in late May.
“It was nice down there,” Clarke said of Miami. “It was raining the first day, but the second day was beautiful.”
Penn State and Virginia are programs the talented athlete has been high on for some time. In fact, earlier this year he named the Cavaliers and Nittany Lions as his two favorites. He may return to both places this month, possibly beginning with UVa this Saturday.
“Virginia is still in there. Still in the top five,” said Clarke, who may compete in UVa’s Big Man Camp on Saturday while his teammates participate in the coinciding 7-on-7 tournament. He is not 100-percent sure he will make it, though. “I’m always talking to Coach Dex (Anthony Poindexter). He’s a cool coach. We talk about a lot of things, so it’s just cool talking to him.”
Clarke has planned an unofficial visit to Penn State on June 29. Perhaps soon after that experience, he will whittle his list of schools from six to five, something he plans to do before ultimately deciding where he will spend the next four or five years of his life.
Virginia Tech is not currently in the top group, but Clarke did travel to Blacksburg for a visit the first weekend in June. How did the experience go?
“It was nice. I got to see the academic side of it. It was good. I got to talk to talk to teachers and everything,” said Clarke, who grew up rooting for the Hokies and is eyeing a major in Engineering.
Clarke added that he “got along with the coaching staff great. Coach Beamer,...
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