Scout's Take…Nathaniel Clarke

Scout's Take…Nathaniel Clarke

Scout.com looks at 2010 Maryland commit Nathaniel Clarke from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. The three-star lineman made an early commitment to Maryland and the Terps picked up a very good player just as he was gaining big momentum in recruiting.

Nathaniel Clarke is a huge lineman with a big upside. He had played defensive tackle last year and was really coming into his own at the position. After a very good performance at a combine in the offseason Clarke really impressed the college coaches as an offensive tackle as well. Standing 6'4" and weighing close to 300 pounds he certainly has the size to play the position. He has worked hard on his footwork and it shows as he has found his future home with the Terps, at least initially.

Maryland was the first and only offer at the time of Clarke's commitment. Terp's fans should not look at this as anything other than a great recruiting coup for Maryland. Don't get caught up in the lack of offers, there was strong interest from several big schools and more offers were coming. Maryland took him off the available radar list of prospects with other college coaches this past summer. Maryland was smart in securing one of the best linemen in the area and doing it early. Clarke has the ability to play on either side of the ball on the next level. He is still new to the offensive side, but his potential is that strong. He is a pretty good athlete and improving his technique. Most times he keeps good balance but a solid base is always a work in progress for less experienced offensive linemen. He is very strong and really tries to maul the opponent. He has shown the ability to stay engaged with the defender. He plays with an edge and attitude and has it all game long. With any lineman it starts with the desire to overwhelm your opponent and Clarke has it.

Clarke is still raw and learning the technique and fundamentals of the position. But he already has made great strides. He is a strong high school player but like most linemen he will need to continue to get stronger and work on his lateral quickness. Because good defensive linemen are such a premium and depending on current and future Maryland recruiting, Clarke may end up on the defensive side. But for now it looks like he will line up as an offensive lineman. Probably more suited as a right tackle. Maryland got a very good player in Clarke and he has the chance to contribute as early as his second year. He is also the teammate of another big time recruit with a Maryland offer Jeremiah Attaochu and is constantly working him to commit to the Terps as well. Maryland has been criticized for losing some recruiting battles and letting the homegrown talent get away but they should get credit for a big win with Clarke.

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