Junior DB Has Duke Interest

This may be Dominic Clarke's first year playing varsity football, but that has not stopped some of the nations' top programs from showing him early interest. Clarke has already taken unofficial visits to Virginia Tech, Rutgers and James Madison and is being sent mail by roughly a dozen schools at this point.

Dominic Clarke, a 5-foot-10, 168-pound cornerback from Tuscarora High School in Frederick, Md., is a two-sport athlete who definitely excels in one department that college recruiters all over the country covet, speed. He has already taken visits to Rutgers and Virginia Tech for games and is also getting mail from other programs like Connecticut, Duke, Stanford, North Carolina, Florida, East Carolina, James Madison, Wake Forest, Purdue, Harvard and Dartmouth.

"I went to Rutgers to watch them play Maryland and it was obviously a really tough loss for them," Clarke said. "I really liked the stadium and thought the crowd support was really amazing as the fans were rowdy and loud for all four quarters. Every time Maryland was in a third down situation they got really loud and the energy there was just great. I camped at Rutgers this summer and loved the facilities as they were state of the art and also liked the campus."

"I went to see Virginia Tech play William & Mary and the thing that impressed me most was that the fans were so loud and worked up even for a smaller school," Clarke stated. "I got to go down on the field which was the nicest I've ever seen as they had beautiful natural grass and then went in the locker room afterwards to meet the players and coaches who were all good people. The campus was very nice and I thought they did a great job with the memorial for the shooting victims."

Clarke did not know all of his statistics from this season, however he did rush 10 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns in his first game of the season and carried nine times for 90 yards in his teams' last contest. He also has one interception on the season and has only had one completion to his side of the field so far this season.

As mentioned, Clarke is also an excellent track athlete as you can see below.

He was named MVP at the National Freshman/Sophomore Combine in Virginia and was also named the 2007 top sophomore at the Maryland Coaches Association Combine. He has been timed at 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, 4.04 in the short shuttle, 6.88 in the three-cone drill and has a 36-inch vertical leap. He claims a max bench press of 285 pounds, a max squat of 400 pounds and a power clean of 260 pounds.

Clarke is also an extremely accomplished track star for Tuscarora High School. His relay team placed second in the 4x400m and fourth in the 4x200m at the Maryland AAA outdoor state track meet and also took third place in the state indoor AA/AAA 4x200m relay. They were Frederick City Champions in the 200m, 400m and 4x200m relay and were also county champs in the outdoor 4x200m relay. The team was selected first-team MVAL Chesapeake Conference Indoor in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays as well. Individually, Clarke was named a first-team indoor and outdoor sprinter by the Frederick Newspaper.

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