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.
“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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