Carroll Lineman Picks Maryland
Maryland picked up another local recruit Tuesday, with Carroll lineman Nate Clarke pledging to play for the Terrapins. Clarke, 6 feet 5 and 285 pounds, also had a scholarship offer from Kansas State. Several other schools wanted to see film of his first few games this season before deciding whether to offer a scholarship. Last season was Clarke's first as a starter and he lost about 15 pounds this past offseason.
"He talked with [assistant coach James] Franklin, [Coach Ralph] Friedgen and [assistant coach Dave] Sollazzo," Carroll Coach Rick Houchens said. "They're going to use him as a defensive tackle. He doesn't care which side of the ball he plays on. He's going to be a good one. He can run well for a big guy.
"I'm excited for him. They need linemen. That's one of the biggest voids they're trying to fill so it's an opportunity for him to compete early."
Houchens said that defensive end-outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu -- who holds 16 scholarship offers -- also has Maryland among his top choices.
Attaochu, 6 feet 3 and 224 pounds, "really likes Illinois, Virginia and also Maryland," Houchens said. Illinois could have an advantage, however, as another former player of Houchens, Will Davis, starred at the same position at Illinois and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. Attaochu also has had a productive offseason, gaining more than 30 pounds.
"There's a little bit of a connection," Houchens said. "Right now, he's just kind of riding it out. I know he's going to have more opportunities coming."
| July 28, 2009; 10:04 PM ET
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