Four-star offensive guard Nathaniel Clarke out of Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll made a decision last night. The 6-foot-4, 282-pounder decided to stay home.
"I committed to Maryland and talked to Coach Franklin," he said. "He was ecstatic. I talked to him the day before and told him I was thinking about. After I talked to him, I talked to all the coaches including Coach Friedgen. He was happy to have me in the Terp family and felt good about my decision. I plan to go see them more on Friday."
The No. 11 offensive guard in the country discussed what made him pick Maryland.
"Maryland stood behind me my whole recruitment," he said. "They made sure I had my grades and everything I needed to, to get into college. They were one of my biggest supporters to try to get me to college.
"I love everything about Maryland. I love the defense and they fact I would be able to play my position as a freshman. They are looking at me as a defensive tackle, depending on how I play I may move to the offensive line."
According to Clarke, the coaches were important in his pledge.
"Every time I talk to the coaches it's like they are family," he stated. "I've connected really well with all of the coaches."
Clarke is relieved to have a decision behind him and has big expectations for Maryland upon his arrival.
"I'm real happy about my decision and now I'm going to help them win a championship and go all the way."