One of the top safeties in Florida, Devon Clarke, tried to commit to Syracuse over the summer with the old staff in place. They did not accept his commitment, however, and he was forced to look at other options. One of those options was Bowling Green, with Nick Monroe as his primary recruiter.
Fast forward a a few months and Monroe is now at Syracuse as part of the new coaching staff. Clarke, once again, committed to Syracuse and this time it was accepted, Clarke and a source told Scout. The big 6-foot-3 safety pulled the trigger during his official visit over the weekend. He committed to coach Babers during dinner Sunday evening.
Clarke has been one of the prospects that is the most excited about the possibility of playing at Syracuse, generating a lot of support amongst Orange fans. Now he is set to become a part of the program.
In addition, the three-star safety informed Scout he is done taking visits.
Clarke is the second safety prospect to commit to Syracuse in the 2016 class, joining fellow Sunshine State product Scoop Bradshaw. Bradshaw, however, has the ability to play corner if needed. Clarke, however, is a long, rangy defensive back who gives the Orange some size in the secondary.
"He's one of the most lengthiest defensive backs I've seen in this year's class," Scout recruiting analyst Corey Bender said. "When he's in his stance, his arms go past his knees. Very lengthy kid. He's a hard worker who wears his heart on his sleeve. Very competitive kid with good awareness and is very instinctive. He gets his hands on a lot of balls with his length. He's a legit 6-foot-3 and is real disrputive in the secondary.
"He does a good job reading and reacting. He has a lot of length and range."