Virginia DL discusses WFU visit

During the week of his spring break from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., Jeremiah Clarke took unofficial visits to campuses of Maryland, Temple, and Wake Forest. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive lineman wanted to learn more about the Demon Deacon program after receiving an recent offer. Clarke discussed the details of his sojourn with DeaconSports.com.

"It was great," said Clarke on seeing the Wake Forest campus for the first time. "I saw a practice, had a great tour of the campus, and spent some one-on-one time with Coach Grobe. They took me to see the basketball gymnasium where I met Randolph Childress."

Clarke, who is being recruited by Wake Forest at the defensive line, said one of the highlights of the trip was watch Coach Ray McCartney in action.

"I could tell he's a real hands-on d-line coach," he said on Coach Mac. "It was a very interactive practice with a lot of talking to the players during drills. Coach Mac is energetic and intensified during practice. They played seemed to feed off of his energy and come alive. He seems like the type of coach players would love to play for because they know he's able to properly motivate them to do their best."

In the coming week, Clarke will take visits to N.C. State on Thursday and to UVA on Saturday for the Cavaliers spring game. Although, he wants to tour campuses this spring and summer. Clarke gives very high marks to Wake Forest.

"The campus is beautiful and inviting," Clarke said. "It seemed like a place I could call home. I felt so comfortable there like I could kick off my shoes and relax. It was a great visit. I'm definitely impressed with what I saw. It's a small school, which I like, with a big-time football program. I didn't think going in it would blow me away, but it did."

Of Clarke's 12 offers five are from ACC schools: Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, UVA, and Wake Forest. He also holds offers from Penn State, San Diego State, Temple, Toledo, and West Virginia. Clarke will be competing at an Under Amour sponsored combine this month in Richmond, Va.


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