April 1, 2009

Defensive back emerges at Miami NIKE

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Heading into the Nike Football Training Camp in Miami, Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson cornerback Steven Clarke was somewhat of an unknown on the recruiting scene. However, with a strong performance on Sunday, Clarke won the defensive MVP award and is an unknown no longer.

"I just really listened to the coaches when they said key the quarterback and watch everything and keep everything in front of you," Clarke said when asked how he won the award.

But Clarke did more than just follow directions. He drew praise from the coaches in nearly every drill and managed to separate himself from a deep pack of defensive backs. With the MVP award in hand, Clarke accomplished what he wanted to get done on the Miami campus.

"That was my goal because everybody believed that I couldn't do it so I had something to prove," he said. "I just came here, worked hard and tried to be the best I could be."

What makes the award even more impressive is the caliber of wide receiver that Clarke was successful against. South Florida always has great wide receiver talent and Clarke's opposition was as stiff as it gets on Sunday.

"There was some good competition but that's what I like," he said. "I like to compete against the best. In order to be the best you have to beat the best."

Currently, Clarke has not received a lot of college attention - at least not a lot that he knows about. His coach is making sure that he keeps his head in the right place and focused.

"My coach is trying to keep it away from me right now because he doesn't want me to get too big-headed and get into that stuff," he said. "So I'm just working hard so I can stay in shape and keep up on my grades so when the time comes for recruiting, I can sign."

Though he doesn't yet know what schools are interested in him, Clarke does have three schools that he is interested in, led by Miami.

"I would like to hear from Ole Miss and Oregon and Miami," he said. "Miami is a good school and they rotate their DBs to keep them fresh. And the teams that they play against make you compete every day. They're starting to recruit a lot of speed and that's what I bring to the table so I think that that would be a good move for me."




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