Heels Land Big DL Commitment

North Carolina received its third commitment in less than 24 hours on Sunday evening when Jeremiah Clarke pledged to the Tar Heels.

Clarke, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive lineman from Alexandria (Va.) Williams, selected UNC over co-finalists Miami, Penn State, Virginia, Tennessee, and Wake Forest. All six offered, plus ten other schools.

"It was just a gut feeling," Clarke said. "I liked the education, the school, the fit, the coaching staff – everything. It just came down to fit – it's where I can see myself fitting in four years."

For about a week and a half, Clarke says he's been leaning towards UNC.

"I was at a camp at a school that I had to check out, that was Tennessee, that was the last school in my top six [that I didn't visit]," Clarke said. "After I visited there, I knew I wanted to go to North Carolina."

Clarke says he woke up this morning ready to finish the deal.

"I was just thinking about everything and it just happened," Clarke said. "The combination of just praying and it just came to me. So I called Coach [Larry] Fedora and I committed."

Clarke and his father spoke to both Fedora and Walt Bell, who recruits northern Virginia for UNC, Sunday evening.

"They were just excited," Clarke said. "They said they can't wait to get me down for another visit."

Clarke says UNC projects him as a defensive tackle in its 4-2-5 defense. He played both defensive end and tackle at Williams, collecting 38 tackles and 11.5 sacks as a junior.

Outside of Tyler Powell's pledge, Clarke was unaware of the four other verbal commitments UNC picked up in the last week. Including Clarke, Bell was the primary recruiter for all five commitments.

"He's just a great recruiter," Clarke said. "He just keeps it real with you 100-percent. You don't feel like you're getting a script or anything – him and Coach Fedora. He was understanding of everything in recruiting."

Clarke is in the process of planning a summer return visit to Chapel Hill. He added that from this point forward, UNC is the only school he'll visit.

"I don't see myself de-committing, that's why it took me so long," Clarke said. "I wanted to go through the process until the decision was final."

Clarke says he now plans to recruit his teammate Malik Carney, who recently picked up a UNC offer, as well as M.J. Stewart.

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