As a Prospect: At 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, Clarington has a tremendous blend of size and athleticism. He runs really well, he changes directions very well, he has excellent leaping ability, and he has a soft set of hands. He's especially dangerous down inside the redzone where he dominates jump ball opportunities -- even when he's flanked out as a wide receiver. He's a huge target who makes a lot of plays down the field and looks to be a more naturally gifted pass-catcher than Clive Walford at the same age. Clarington played mostly defensive end as a senior this season and showed flashes as a pass rusher but he clearly appears to have more upside on the offensive side of the football.
On The Field: Clarington has played at a handful of different schools since entering 9th grade a few years ago. He put up excellent numbers on offense but has been playing mostly defense for Booker T. Washington High this season. While helping lead them a state title appearance this weekend, Clarington has 49 tackles, two sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, and one caused fumble.
As a Recruit: Clarington had scholarship offers from just about every major program that recruits South Florida by the time spring football had ended. He's taken just one official visit so far -- Texas last month. He's also planning on visiting LSU in the near future. The talented tight end prospect also took multiple visits to both Miami and Tennessee during the offseason. He's remained fairly quiet throughout the recruiting process but those four schools -- all of whom have offered -- appear to be ones at the top of his current list. Miami's definitely right in it.
Bottom Line: Clarington has clearly been the state's most heavily recruited tight end prospect this season. He's been on Miami's campus several times and lives not too far away. Because of those things, he should be considered a priority for the Hurricanes. Miami accepted a commitment from Jerome Washington recently at the tight end spot but that simply means they're likely willing to take two in this year's class. Clarington remains a major target for the Canes and would likely be the most talented tight end on next year's roster if inks with the Canes.