Sunday, September 15, 2013
Juco LB Clarke enjoys visit to KSU
By William Wilkerson
Kansas State is hoping its commitment from junior college outside linebacker D'Vonta Derricott (Garden City, KS/Garden City Community College) becomes a win-win situation.
The Wildcats have already won big since Derricott is one of the top juco linebackers in the country. But it could become an even bigger win if they can somehow get his teammate, fellow linebacker Errol Clarke, to commit.
Kansas State made some strides toward that on Saturday when Clarke visited Manhattan, Kan., on an unofficial visit to KSU’s 37-7 win over Massachusetts. Clarke visited with Derricott.
“It went good,” Clarke said. “I liked the town, I liked the fans. I loved how Kansas State has a great program down there. Their coaching staff talked to me a lot. I liked it a lot. I like the program.”
Clarke has not been offered by Kansas State but he was told he was on the verge of getting one.
If the Wildcats do offer it could go a long way toward helping them surpass Wisconsin as his top school.
“Kansas State is right behind Wisconsin,” he said.
Clarke (6-foot-3, 240 pounds) has offers from Cincinnati, Georgia State, South Florida and Wisconsin. But that Kansas State offer would be huge because it would give him the opportunity to play with Derricott, a close friend.
“It helps out a lot,” Clarke said of KSU having Derricott’s commitment. “Me and D have a lot of chemistry. He calls me his big brother. I call him my little bro. We are really looking at basically playing at the same place at the next level, and be a tandem.”
The two talk about playing together all the time.
“We really make each other better,” he said. “I am really the brains of the operation. I’ve got great instincts and can read plays. So I will give him what I think about the play and he’ll give me what he thinks about it, and we’ll be on the same page. That’s why we are No. 1 in our conference because we click so well.”
Clarke said he will visit Wisconsin and Ole Miss in November and will also think about visiting Auburn since the Tigers have just started to recruit him.
But he has quality lasting impressions from Kansas State, which is known for recruiting the junior college ranks.
“I feel like I can come into the program and play immediately,” he said. “I’m not just a regular incoming freshman. I’ve been in college. I’m a quick learner and just give it my all.”