One of the highest risers in the recent Rivals rankings was offensive guard Nathaniel Clarke. The Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll prospect discussed the big move up to four-stars as well as the latest on his recruitment.
"I thought it was crazy," he said. "It was about time I got noticed for what I've done."
Clarke impressed playing offensive line at the Premier Showcase in New Jersey in June. Most schools to date are looking at the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder as an offensive linemen.
"That's fine with me," he said. "At first I was skeptical about it, but it doesn't matter anymore. I like the position and have gotten used to it."
The No. 11 offensive guard in the country holds two offers at this time.
"I've got offers from Maryland and Kansas State," he said. "I got Kansas State shortly after Maryland. I've visited there and love it.
"I am hearing from everybody though. Most of the ACC and Big East along with Illinois, Michigan State and Florida."
This summer, Clarke visited two schools for trips.
"I visited Michigan State on July 11th and went to North Carolina as well," he stated. "It was great at Michigan State. The coaching was real intense and I loved the camp and school. I'm hoping to hear back from them later. They want me to send my transcript.
"North Carolina was good too. I liked the camp. It was kind of laid back. I loved their defensive line coach. He coached one of my favorite players, Marvin Austin. I'd love to go there for the coaching. They want me to send my transcript too and want to see my first four games to see me in pads."
With interest rising, does Clarke like anyone at this point in time?
"I love Maryland," he said. "The only thing I don't like about them is that they are so close to home. I am real close to the coaches and they are like family. They look out for me."
Clarke maintains no other visits in the near future, but is planning to take his officials later or after the season.