Clarke, who chose the University of Maryland over top-notch programs such as UNC, Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Kansas State, expressed his disappointment at the current situation, When I heard the news I was pretty upset, Clarke explained. I committed to the University when I was sixteen, so me and Coach Friedgen were very close.
During the recruitment process, the offensive linemen was blown away by the former Maryland coaching staff from the start, saying, The were the first team to have interest in me, and stayed close until the end. Clarke was so impressed by the coaches, that he cited them as the main reason for him choosing the Terps. However, now that a new coaching staff will be brought in, Clarke realizes he will have to adjust, I was so close with the coaches to the point where I would call Coach Franklin a good friend, said Clarke. Im going to have to start from scratch with Coach Edsall. It shouldnt be too hard.
After speaking to both Coach Edsall, and Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, the soon-to-be Terrapin expressed his approval of the new Maryland head coach, It was definitely a good choice, said Clarke. Coach Edsall is as good as anybody. Clarke explained that possibly the most underrated quality in Edsall is his affect on the players. The offensive linemen went on to say that Edsalls players rank nearly the highest in graduation rate amongst college football players.
During Clarke and Edsalls recent conversation, it quickly became evident to the recruit that Maryland was still the place for him, We introduced ourselves to each other and the conversation just took off from there, Clarke said. I am ready to see what the new coaching staff has ready for me, and I am ready to do what I need to do.
Despite the many question marks currently surrounding next season, Clarke continues to be optimistic on the situation, We are still a very good team. We finished third in the ACC and are coming off of a bowl win. There is no reason for us not to continue getting better, said Clarke. More so then anything, the offensive linemen wants to get onto eh field, and wear the Terps colors, Im really looking forward to next year and working with the new players and coaches.