Larry Fedora and the North Carolina Tar Heels picked up two safety commitments on Saturday in Allen Artis and Cameron Albright, and they added a big pledge yesterday from another standout on the defensive side of the ball in solid three-star strong-side defensive end Jeremiah Clarke. The Tar Heels now have 13 pledges in the 2014 recruiting class, with Clarke being one of the best of them. UNC has arguably one of the top 20 recruiting classes in the country as well, and there is no doubt that Fedora is a great recruiter and is on his way to building a top 25 class in Chapel Hill.
Clarke committed to UNC over offers from the Virginia Cavaliers, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Duke Blue Devils, Miami Hurricanes, West Virginia Mountaineers, Virginia Tech Hokies, N.C. State Wolfpack, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Tennessee Volunteers among others. Clarke had plenty of major offers, and he committed to UNC over a few rival schools as well.
In fact, Virginia looked like the favorite to land UNC, as Tom Loy was the only of the eight recruiting analysts to pick UNC; the other seven had Virginia landing Clarke. His commitment to UNC came just a few days after visiting Tennessee, so that’s definitely something that the Tar Heels and Fedora can hand their hats on.
Clarke recorded 11.5 sacks last season for T.C. Williams, and the Tar Heels did a great job of prying him away from the Virginia Cavaliers. He will still be staying in the ACC region, and the Tar Heels have certainly done well to get a 6’5″, 272 pound defensive end who is one of the top 20 strong-side DE’s in the 2014 class. The 247Composite ranks Clarke as the 16th-best recruit in the state of Virginia, and he also checks in as the 414th-best recruit in the country overall.