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Michael Clark commits to Maryland: Terps pick up OL with SEC offer

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Clark is Maryland's first out-of-state commitment in the class.


Maryland's 2016 football recruiting class added a new member Friday, as Pennsylvania offensive lineman Michael Clark committed to the Terps, per Rivals' Ryan Snyder. Clark chose Maryland over offers from South Carolina, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

The 6'7, 260-pound Exton (Penn.) Downingtown East prospect is rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, ranking as the 53rd-best offensive tackle in the class of 2016 and the 14th-best player in the state of Pennsylvania. Clark joins Keandre Jones, Lorenzo Harrison and Darryl Turner, all in-state prospects, as Terrapin commits in the class, and is the first on either side of the line.

Clark is one of a few Philadelphia-area targets in the class for Maryland, although Exton is about an hour's drive west of the big city. Four-star tight end target Naseir Upshur and three-star running back Tyliek Raynor, both at Imhotep Institute in Philadelphia (where Maryland pulled D.J. Moore from), are both scheduled to visit this weekend. Tackle is one of the main positions of need in Maryland's 2016 class, and adding a prospect with a 6'7 frame and an SEC offer is a solid way to kickstart what has been a slow recruiting month for Randy Edsall and the Terps.

You can view his highlight tapes here.