By Colin Dunlap ][ 11:08 a.m. Wednesday
The University of Pittsburgh football program will received its 10th verbal commitment from the high school Class of 2009 today, when Allderdice defensive end Will Clarke plans to commit to coach Dave Wannstedt’s Panthers.
According to Allderdice coach Don Schmidt, Clarke, 6 feet 6, 245-pounds, will choose Pitt after also considering scholarship offers from West Virginia and several Mid-American Conference schools.
Also a tight end at Allderidice, Clarke is seen as a tremendously raw recruit with the potential improve exponentially. He helped lead the Dragons to the City League title game last season.
Clarke comes from great athletic bloodlines --- he is the son of Bill Clarke, who started on the fabled 1976 Fifth Avenue High School basketball team before going on to play at Duquesne.
ANALYSIS -- There has been a significant buzz around Will Clarke for a few months now, but it particularly spiked after he went to Pitt camp last month and performed off-the-charts. This is a kid who I saw twice last year, once coming at Heinz Field in the City League title game and, I have to say from the moment you sit down in the press box, during pregame warm-ups, you cannot take your eyes off him. Coupled with his tremendous size, Clarke's movements are very fluid. To me, I have a feeling he'll be the next Greg Romeus. Plus, it is a big-time recruiting "get" for coach Wannstedt to be able to keep the City League's best player home to play for the Panthers.
UPDATE 8:19 p.m. -- Finally got the confirmation. Just a little while ago, Will Clarke picked up the phone and called the Pitt football office. It is a done deal, he has committed to coach Dave Wannstedt.