Clarke Has 'Great' UNC Visit

Jeremiah Clarke's first visit to North Carolina, which took place on Saturday, left a positive impression on him.

"It puts North Carolina high on my list," Clarke said. "It was a great visit – one of the best I've been on. I just liked the school and the campus was beautiful. It's just a great place."

Despite those strong feelings, Clarke, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive lineman from Alexandria (Va.) Williams, is reluctant to name a group of favorite schools. Over 15 schools have offered him a scholarship.

"I have no clue about a top five or anything yet," Clarke said.

Clarke will visit Miami in a couple of weeks. After returning home from that visit, he might be ready to reveal a favorite schools list. He's also considering return trips to Virginia and Wake Forest.

Originally, Clarke had planned to announce his collegiate decision on May 30, when a lot of his family will be in town to celebrate his mother's birthday. However, he might put that plan on hold.

"I might push it back, I haven't decided yet," Clarke said. "I don't feel like I'm ready."

Besides UNC, Clarke has visited Maryland, NC State, Penn State, Temple, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

On Saturday, Clarke spent approximately four hours in Chapel Hill. For a good portion of that time, he was shadowed by primary recruiter Walt Bell. Bell gave Clarke a full tour of UNC, including the entire campus, football facilities, and the Loudermilk Center for Excellence.

Bell also introduced Clarke to Keith Gilmore, UNC's defensive line coach.

"We just talked about him and his background and where he's from and about him being from Illinois," Clarke said. "He's more of like a teaching coach than a yeller – he's not a get-in-your-face kind of coach."

Gilmore told Clarke that he could play just about anywhere along the defensive line within UNC's 4-2-5 scheme – three-technique tackle or five-technique end.

Clarke played both defensive end and tackle at Williams, collecting 38 tackles and 11.5 sacks as a junior.

Clarke's visit also included a meeting with Larry Fedora.

"He answered any questions that I had about UNC and talked about his beliefs in the program," Clarke said. "He shared with me his thoughts on everything."

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