2014 defensive lineman happy with visit

Jeremiah Clarke talks about his time at the FSU/Maryland game and his transition to defense

After taking an unofficial visit to Maryland on November 17th Jeremiah Clarke has only good things to say about the Terrapins.

“The Maryland-Florida State game was great,” Clarke said. “I just loved the whole atmosphere of the Maryland game. I enjoyed it. It was a great school.”

Clarke's visit included meeting some of Maryland's coaches, including head coach Randy Edsall.

“I met the head coach,” Clarke said. “I met the recruiting coordinator for my area, Brian Stewart. I met the defensive line coach. We only had a quick exchange; it wasn't a real long conversation.”

Those weren't the only people affiliated with the program Clarke met; he also talked to his cousin, Nate Clarke, who introduced Jeremiah to Stefon Diggs.

“They said [Maryland] was good,” Clarke said. “They said it was a great experience.”

After watching the game, Clarke came away with similar sentiments.

“The atmosphere there was just amazing,” Clarke said.

Prior to visiting College Park Clarke had been in contact with Maryland through e-mails. Clarke was able to garner attention even though T.C. Williams (Alexandria, Virginia), his high school, didn't have the season they wanted, finishing 5-5.

“We started off a little slow, a little weak, but we finished strong, with a 4-game winning streak,” Clarke said.

Clarke actually broke his hand in the third game of the season, but was able to come back from the injury and finished with 11 and a half sacks, 38 tackles, a blocked punt, 14 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles.

Clarke also did all this while playing a new position.

“This is my first year playing defensive tackle,” Clarke said. “I'm normally a defensive end, but my coach wanted me to switch.”

Clarke, who stands at 6-foot-5 and weights in at 255 pounds, expects to move back to defensive end next season though.

“My coach was saying the only reason he put me at defensive tackle was to make me tough and to get my speed up,” Clarke said.

Clarke also worked on that aspect of his game before this season.

“Over the past summer I visited a couple camps,” Clarke said. “I really worked a lot with the defensive coordinator and the strength and conditioning coach, just on getting my speed up and getting strong for my junior year.”

Until this year Clarke had played on the offensive side of the ball, as a lineman, and was getting attention from colleges.

“Virginia was majorly recruiting me for offensive line because my coach recommended me for it,” Clarke said. “My sophomore season I played left tackle.”

So far though Clarke's sole scholarship offer, from NC State, is on the defensive side of the ball.

Along with Maryland, NC State, and Virginia, Clarke said he's also receiving interest from Marshall, Old Dominion, and Tennessee.

Maryland wasn't the only school Clarke has visited recently either. For three straight weeks, Clarke took unofficial visits to three schools, beginning with Old Dominion on November 10th and ending with NC State on November 24th. Clarke also took an unofficial visit to Virginia on September 1st

With his high school basketball season starting up, Clarke has decided to slow down on the visits though, but Clarke's busy few weeks have helped me compile a list of his favorite schools, a list Maryland makes.

“My top five schools that are looking at me right now are Virginia, Maryland, NC State, Old Dominion, and Marshall.”

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