Clarke Calls Wisconsin His Leader

Losing three senior linebackers after the 2013 season, Wisconsin continues to recruit junior college prospects who can fill the void, such as Garden City (KS) linebacker Errol Clarke.

Former Miami Central star linebacker Errol Clarke first trip through the college ranks did end how he originally planned. Planning to enroll in Cincinnati in January 2012 after making 24 tackles for loss and 20 sacks as a senior for the Florida Class 6A state runner up, Clarke never played a down for the Bearcats, unable to handle the academic workload.

Now at Garden City Community College in Kansas, the 6-3, 240-pound Clarke has turned things around off the field, and is starting to regain some lost opportunities.

"I have been doing pretty good and happy with my play," Clarke told BadgerNation. "We are going all the way. This team has a lot of talent and chemistry. My coach chose me to be a leader for the team and I am doing that. I am use to being a leader though with everywhere I have played, I have led the defense or even the whole team. I am very physical, aggressive and smart player. I bring it every game."

With 32 tackles after three games, tied for the most tackles in the junior college ranks, and sixth in the ranks with six tackles for loss, Clarke has started to attract attention on the recruiting front. Wisconsin secondary coach Bill Busch, who recruits junior college ranks for the Badgers, was impressed enough to extend Clarke a scholarship last week.

"Coach Busch called my coach and told him that Wisconsin was going to offer me," said Clark. "I was very excited to hear that Wisconsin offered. He said that I will be a great fit for the defense and a big time play maker. The offer was a surprise for sure. The Badgers have won the Big Ten the past three years and they know how to win, so they have a great program."

Clarke said Wisconsin is the first school to officially offer him, but Minnesota, Ole Miss, Penn State and South Florida have all asked him to come on official visits. How big of an impact did the Badgers make on the talented linebacker prospect?

"Wisconsin is my leader," said Clark. "The coach told me to hold on visiting because my bye week is this week and they play away, so I will visit sometime after my season when I will have a lot of time in November.

"I would like to also visit Ole Miss and whatever school really starts recruiting me hard, then I will look into visiting them. I will weigh out my options and probably decide after I take all my visits. I want to see all the schools before I decide."

Clarke has three years of eligibility remaining.

BadgerNation's Brice Marich contributed to this report

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