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Virginia Football: Duke offers Jeremiah Clarke

Several teams from the state of North Carolina, most notably the North Carolina Tar Heels, have offered three-star strong-side defensive end Jeremiah Clarke, and the Duke Blue Devils have decided to become the latest team from the state to offer the solid DE from the state of Virginia. Clarke is a reported lean to Mike London and the Virginia Cavaliers, but he also has high interest in UNC, the North Carolina State Wolfpack, and a storied national program in the Penn State Nittany Lions. Clarke has received plenty of offers and interest from around the country, so Duke will have a tough battle ahead in trying to get to where rival UNC is right now in Clarke’s recruitment. It isn’t impossible for the Blue Devils, though, to steal away Clarke, because they have made some big gains recently in the 2014 class. However, it would be a huge surprise to see Duke land him.

Jeremiah Clarke also has offers from the Tennessee Volunteers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Miami Hurricanes, Connecticut Huskies, Maryland Terrapins, Temple Owls, San Diego State Aztecs, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and West Virginia Mountaineers. It is apparent that Clarke is a coveted recruit, especially among teams in the states of Virginia and North Carolina.

All four experts on 247Sports believe that the Virginia Cavaliers will secure a commitment from Clarke, and that would certainly be a nice in-state catch for UVA and lead recruiter Anthony Poindexter. Clarke is ranked by the 247Composite as the 16th-best recruit in the state of Virginia, and the three-star SDE is rated by the 247Composite as the 440th-best recruit overall. At the position, Clarke is firmly entrenched in the top 20.

The 6’5″, 272 pound T.C. Williams star is not athletic or fast, but he has plenty of strength and a ridiculous frame. Clarke is clearly one of the best run-stopping defensive ends in the country, but he isn’t a non-factor as a pass rusher either, as he posted 12.5 sacks last season for T.C. Williams.

Watch for Penn State in Clarke’s recruitment, as they are locked into his recent top six of Virginia, Miami, Wake Forest, Penn State, Tennessee, and UNC (in no particular order). It is a surprise to see Wake Forest in his top six instead of N.C. State, but it sounds like Virginia, UNC, and Penn State are the three teams to watch for the closest anyway. However, Miami and Tennessee are obviously big programs, and the Volunteers have been recruiting at an incredible pace under new head coach Butch Jones. Clarke’s announcement date of the 30th of May has removed, giving Clarke much-needed time to fully check everything out.

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