UCLA Keeps Eye on Receiver

San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch wide receiver Michael Clarke is getting looks from the Pac-10, and says he has two scholarship offers. Clarke is attractive because he combines a 4.47 40 and a 4.17 GPA...

San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch receiver Michael Clarke (6-0, 180) is still waiting for his first official offer, but a number of schools have said a written offer could be coming.

"J.D. Williams from Cal said I have a verbal offer and I got a handwritten letter from coach Sonny Lubick (Colorado State), saying close to the same thing. There aren't any official offers, but I am getting close," Clarke said.

Other schools that Clarke is hearing from include UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Washington State and Colorado. "Those are the real big ones. San Diego State has been talking with me too, but I want to play in the Pac-10 or even the Big 12," Clarke said.

Clarke was able to give us his top five, in order: "My number one is Cal. I had a great time up there. If they offered, there is a good chance I'd accept it. My number two is UCLA. Coach Dino Babers, told me to come up to camp, and if I did well, I could get an offer. Number three is Stanford, fourth is Washington State and fifth is Colorado State."

On the camp circuit, Clarke has been to Cal and Arizona already. Other plans include Colorado State for two days, Colorado for three days, Fresno State for a team camp, one day at Stanford and he spent one day at UCLA.

He was at the Scout.com Combine this spring and posted impressive numbers. He said, "I ran a 4.5 forty and jumped 30 inches," said Clarke. At the Nike Camp, I ran a 4.47, which was the best forty for a receiver." When it comes to his preference for college, Clarke said, "I'd prefer to stay in Pac-10, far enough away from home, but not too far. If Cal offered me, I'd have a hard time turning it down. They've expressed the most interest. I really like Coach Tedford and Williams. They do things right there. I plan to commit before my senior year. Cal is recruiting me as an athlete. I'm just looking for the right situation. And of course, I'd think about the other places. I'm trying to keep all of my options open."

During his junior season, Clarke had 43 catches, 850 yards, and three touchdowns with 733 return yards and one touchdown.

Academically, Clarke is sporting a 4.17 GPA scored a 1730 on the new SAT.


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