Hugh Freeze and the coaching staff continue to address their team’s biggest position of need with the official addition of three-star linebacker Josh Clarke, who has sent his letter of intent to the Rebels. The New Orleans native has been committed to Ole Miss since June, and despite an impressive offer sheet that included the likes of Texas, Georgia, and Florida, never wavered on that commitment.
After missing on coveted linebacker recruits Leo Lewis and Mique Juarez in the past couple recruiting cycles and watching four-star Willie Gay sign with Mississippi State on Wednesday morning, it’s encouraging to see the staff pull in some highly-recruited LB talent.
Clarke is every bit of 6'3, 225 and runs extremely well. He's one of those long, athletic outside linebackers who can play up near the line of scrimmage. At Riverdale High School, Clarke plays defensive end as well but will definitely be on the second level in Oxford. He utilizes his long arms and stout frame to fight off pulling guards and running backs and takes very good angles to the football. Once he arrives at the ball carrier he is not bringing a welcome basket by any means. Josh is a devastating tackler and has an aggressive approach in the open field.
Look for him to compete immediately due to his frame and elite athleticism. As a junior at Riverdale High School, Clarke collected 149 tackles, 18 sacks, six forced fumbles, six interceptions and three touchdowns. Here’s hoping he can replicate that production as a Rebel.