Clarke Breaks Down Top Six

After visiting Chapel Hill last week, defensive lineman Jeremiah Clarke of Alexandria (Va.) T.C. Williams included UNC among the six finalists he announced this week.

Clarke released a top six on Tuesday of Miami, North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia, Tennessee and Wake Forest. He said Wednesday he isn't listing a order for the schools, does not have an announcement date set or a timetable for making a decision, and has yet to visit Tennessee and Miami.

But there are similarities with the six schools.

"There's a common theme," Clarke said. "They are all good academic schools, have great defensive line coaches, and they're all teachers, which fits me. There are more categories, but it's a combination of good academics, good D-line coaching, great head coaching and then a close proximity.

"Besides Miami, everyone else is within a close range where my parents can get there and I can get home in a quick amount of time."

Clarke also discusses what he liked about each of the six schools:

Miami: "It's a great football school, especially defensive line-wise. They have a great history, a great atmosphere, and it's a great school."

North Carolina: "Great campus, great morals, great head coach (Larry Fedora). He teaches religion as well as football, and more importantly, the academics (are great)."

Penn State: "Coach Larry Johnson is a great defensive line coach. He sees great things in me and says I have a lot of potential. The campus is beautiful, great fans. Academics are outstanding. I just like that school."

Tennessee: "It's a great D-line program. I can come in and start, it's a great atmosphere and great football. D'Andre Payne is recruiting me a little bit. I've been talking to him."

Virginia: "It's a great coaching staff, and then there's a lot of players in the Tidewater area that I'm pretty close with and they are going to be there. I have some players that I would already know and would be there and they can change their program a lot. It's close to home. So, all those things add up."

Wake Forest: "It's a small campus, great academics. It's a great coaching staff, a seasoned coaching staff. They've been through it all. It's a tight knit, close community."

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