Clarke Gets An Offer

In his opening comments to those in attendance at Pitt's annual Prospects Camp, Panthers football coach Dave Wannstedt told the players to take advantage of the opportunity, and that's exactly what Will Clarke did.

Will Clarke, a 6-foot-6, 242-pound supremely talented defensive end from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh's City League -- the same program that produced former Pitt and NFL star Curtis Martin -- definitely made an impression on defensive line coach Greg Gattuso and the Pittsburgh staff.

Clarke, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, ran around several top offensive tackle prospects at the camp with a variety of speed moves.

"I'm just trying to do my best out here and work my hardest to earn a scholarship,'' Clarke said after his performance at camp. "I just have to work hard in everything I do, and hopefully things will work out for me in the end. I love Pitt. It's my hometown team. Actually, I live on the North Side, so I'm very familiar with Pitt.

"This team is on the rise, and I think they're going to be a real good team this season. I really enjoyed it when they knocked off West Virginia at the end of last season and kept them from going to the BCS championship game. That was great for the program, and I was very happy about that.''

Clarke is a bit under the radar now, but it didn't take a genius to see that the young defensive end has some amazing abilities. He is strong, can run well and has some excellent moves coming off the edge. Think Greg Romeus before he bulked up and gained experience.

The only difference is that Clarke appears to be a little bit ahead of where Romeus was when he entered his senior season in high school. Clarke has been playing football much longer. But once he gets in the weight room in college and gets some personal tutelage to play defensive end, Clarke could take his game to another level.

"I can't wait for that to happen,'' Clarke said. "But the first thing I need to do is get some scholarship offers. And I hope I get one from Pitt. The guys I've met here seem like a good bunch of guys, and so are the coaches.

"The facilities are great. I've been here a couple of other times, and I've always been impressed. It's always nice to go to a place like Pitt, always a special day for me, and I hope they like what they see in me just as much.''

If that happens, Clarke surely will take advantage of that opportunity as well.

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