Rutgers Leads for Top East OL Micah Clark, Brother Jamaal Beaty

The top offensive lineman in the east, four-star Micah Clark of Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney sent shockwaves out on social media Thursday evening after he named Rutgers his leader. Rutgers has Clark and brother Jamaal Beaty as top targets in the trenches for 2017.

Family means a lot to brothers Micah Clark and Jamaal Beaty, so the school most aggressive about both of them jumped to the front of the pack Thursday evening.

Clark released an updated top five schools and the four-star offensive lineman has local Rutgers at No. 1. Beaty, whose first offer came from Rutgers, also visited campus Thursday.

“Today’s visit really drew us closer,” Clark said. “Every day we can, me and my brother call coach Chris Ash and [offensive line coach AJ] Blazek. We love getting to know them. Today made it easier to decide where Rutgers stands with me. They’re my No. 1 because they want to develop me and develop me after football.”

Rutgers is after both New Jersey big men equally, and that comes after being out of the picture before a coaching change.

“Rutgers has changed dramatically,” Clark said. “The new coaches care about all of the players in the country, but they care about their state first. They want to recruit the best guys in the state. They’re not looking at me as, ‘we offered you, let’s talk to the next recruit now.’ It’s like we’re a priority to them. I like that about Rutgers.”

Beaty’s first offer came from Rutgers during the offseason.

“I liked the visit a lot,” Beaty said. “They said they want me because I’m so athletic and me and my brother could be impact guys for them. I like the offense. My high school, they run a similar offense so it shouldn’t be that hard if I went to Rutgers to pick it up.”

Neither Clark nor Beaty plan to rush a decision but a college career together is important.

“It’s great that me and my brother have the opportunity to go to the same school,” Beaty said. “We really get to see a school that wants us both. We would be very dangerous [together], one of the best offensive lines in the country.”

While Clark is in double-digit territory for scholarship offers, Rutgers is the primary school after Beaty. Schools that don’t consider Beaty will regret it on Saturdays, Clark said.

“Between me and him, we always battle it out in practice,” Clark said. “It’s always neck and neck, back and forth. Nobody should sleep on my brother, that would be a huge mistake.”

Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan State and Tennessee round out Clark’s evolving top five, but he is open to many more than those.

“I want to compare what other schools have to offer for what I want to do after football,” Clark said. “Who has better interests? Right now Rutgers does and I have a strong relationship.”


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