Clarke Visits Maryland and Pittsburgh

Dominic Clarke pulled off an impressive feat recently in track, beating future Ohio State Buckeye Lamaar Thomas in the 300-meter dash with a time of 34.9 seconds to take the regional title. The Frederick, Md., product also visited two schools this past weekend and came away very impressed with each program.

Dominic Clarke is a name that most were not familiar with coming into this season, however the Tuscarora High School standout is starting to spread his wings in recruiting and has been garnering serious interest from some solid programs over the past few months. We caught up with the 5-foot-10, 168-pound cornerback after visits to Maryland and Pittsburgh this weekend to see what he thought about each program.

"It was really nice at Pittsburgh," Clarke stated. "They had great facilities and their training room and trainers themselves were impressive. The indoor practice facility was top of the line and I think it's cool that players there get to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers work out and get tips from them."

"I was also extremely impressed with the coaching staff in terms of how they interacted with one another and how personable they were," Clarke added. "The new receivers coach (Bryan) Bossard is a great guy and I also met Coach Hafley and Coach Wannstedt who were also cool. We went over to their basketball game and had a lot of fun there. I still want to see the campus as we didn't get to do that this weekend, so I'll be going up again."

"I also went to Maryland for junior day on Saturday and I think the thing that impressed me most was their approach toward education," Clarke explained. "They talked about tutoring and the amount of academic support that players get at Maryland, especially in their freshman year. Frankly, it seemed to me that if you don't graduate from there it's your own fault. They really care about their kids and getting them degrees. I just liked how they treated their players, like that they are adding onto their stadium and thought the campus was great."

Clarke 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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