InsideMDSports: DE Jeremiah Clarke enjoys Terps spring practice

March 28, 2013|By Jakob Engelke | Special to The Baltimore Sun

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Class of 2014 defensive end Jeremiah Clarke (T.C. Williams) took in a spring practice at Maryland for the second time this month on Tuesday – his first visit to College Park since being offered by the Terps on March 11.

“It went good,” Clarke said. “I got to watch them practice. I talked to coach [Randy] Edsall and coach [Lyndon] Johnson. I brought most of my team up, too.”

During the Terps’ seventh spring session, which was open to the media, Clarke could be seen spending plenty of one-on-one time with Edsall, first during positional drills and then after practice had wrapped up.

“He was just telling me to make sure that the decision I make is a good decision and that Maryland is good because it’s close and they have all the things I can find far away,” Clarke said. “They have all the things that I could want. Coach Johnson was saying pretty much the same thing.”

Clarke, who is ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the state of Virginia by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, has seen his recruiting profile skyrocket this spring. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end claims 12 scholarship offers, the most recent of which came from West Virginia on March 16.

Clarke, who recorded 38 tackles, seven sacks and three forced fumbles last season, denied rumors that he had considered committing to Maryland during the visit and still plans to make his college decision at the end of the summer.

“It’s all about the same right now,” Clarke said. “Pretty much everybody is even. I like certain schools, but nobody is necessarily a favorite yet.”

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