T.C. Williams lineman Jeremiah Clarke commits to North Carolina

T.C. Williams lineman Jeremiah Clarke looks on. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Cruz) T.C. Williams lineman Jeremiah Clarke looks on. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Cruz)

Say this for T.C. Williams defensive lineman Jeremiah Clarke: He sure knows how to make a splash on Father’s Day, although his present this year will be hard to top in subsequent Junes.

Clarke, a rising senior, on Sunday night committed to North Carolina, then shared the news with his father, James, who “jumped out of his socks,” the younger Clarke said.

Clarke, who had visited Tennessee and Virginia over the weekend, chose the Tar Heels over his other two finalists, Penn State and Wake Forest.

“It was my Father’s Day gift to my dad,” Clarke said. “UNC had all the things that my top schools had — education, great football, great coaching staff, a chance to play early. So it really came down to where I could see myself going for four years, which happened to be UNC. I love the state of North Carolina. All campuses have their own thing, so I guess it was which one I felt most at home at.”

The Tar Heels initially have tagged Clarke as a defensive tackle, but moving him to defensive end or even the offensive line is not out of the question. T.C. Coach Dennis Randolph has raved about Clarke’s versatility.

“College life is really about adapting,” said Clarke, who plans to study mechanical or robotic engineering. “I have no preference. I just want to play football.

“I think [versatility] helps my stock. It sticks you out. Instead of one person who can just do one thing, if I’m a guy who can do multiple positions and I’m not afraid to try out stuff, it helps you out when [you’re] coachable and able to fit into whatever is needed.”

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Eric Detweiler · June 18, 2013