Scout 300 DT Making the Rounds

T.C. Williams High (Alexandria, Va.) defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke, who recently picked up an offer from the Terrapins, is taking advantage of his spring break and getting out to visit schools, including Maryland. He discussed his visit, his plans and when he will make his decision with TSR.

T.C. Williams High (Alexandria, Va.) Jeremiah Clarke, who recently picked up an offer from Maryland, made his third trip out to College Park for the Terps' spring practice Tuesday.

"I like getting out there and getting a feel for the school," said the 6-foot-5, 272-pound Clarke. "I am still trying to see where schools play out on my list, and Maryland is so close it's good to get out here. It helps me so I can process everything."

One thing Clarke already processed is Maryland's defense.

"I really like the defense they run," said Clarke, a member of the Scout 300. "I can really see myself playing in that scheme. There is a lot of movement, some 3-technique, some 5-technique."

Clarke says he mainly talks to outside linebacker coach- Lyndon Johnson, who is his main recruiter, but he is also a big fan of defensive coordinator Brian Stewart.

"I really like the coaching staff, especially Coach Johnson," said Clarke. "I talk to him the most and Coach Stewart a lot, too. They both are great."

Aside from the defense, two important factors for Clarke are location and exposure.

"I want my family to be able to come to my games," said Clarke. "Staying close to home is going to be factor in my decision, so that will definitely help Maryland when it comes time to making a decision."

As for exposure, Clarke sees that coming with Maryland's move to the Big Ten.

"It is a bigger stage and more exposure in the Big Ten," said Clarke. "It think it means more of a chance for me to play in the NFL, playing on a bigger stage like that. I think it will be great for Maryland."

Even after three visits to College Park, Clarke says there is still more he would like to see.

"I haven't gotten a tour of the campus yet," said Clarke. "So I definitely think I will go back at some point to see that and to look at the school from an education standpoint."

Meanwhile, Clarke visited Temple on Wednesday (March 27) and visits Wake Forest on Thursday (March 28).

He is also planning to visit West Virginia and USC but has not set a date for those visits.

Clarke is not naming a leader right now, but said he has been in contact with Georgia Tech, UNC, assistant coach Larry Johnson from Penn State, and he recently spoke with assistant coach Bud Foster from Virginia Tech.

Clarke hopes Virginia Tech will extend offer No. 13 adding, "college-wise, my dream school has always been to go to Virginia Tech."

While he is still trying to figure out where schools fall on his list, Clarke knows that he wants to make a decision early.,

"I will definitely be committing at the end of the summer," said Clarke. "I want to focus on my senior year and not have to worry about it when football starts."

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