63 Adrien Clarke

Adrien Clarke Ohio State
Adrien Clarke
United States
Shaker Heights, OH
High School
Shaker Heights
Current Team
Ohio State
1999, 2000, 2001

Major: Communication (2001)

Jersey #: 63 (2000-01), 62 (1999)

Weight: 325 (2000-01), 315 (1999)

2001 Media Guide: Adrien Clarke is an outstanding young player with the potential to develop into one of the best offensive tackles ever to play for the Buckeyes … has tremendous feet and agility for a player his size … started the final 10 games of the 2000 season at left tackle and earned a spot on The Sporting News Freshman All-America team … was moved to right tackle in the spring (as the result of the return of 37-game starter Tyson Walter) and will start there in the fall.

2000 Season: Started the second half of the Arizona game in week two and was a regular from that point forward … was selected by the coaching staff as the Outstanding First-Year Offensive Player.

2000 Media Guide: Everyone was talking about Adrien Clarke, a rising star on the offensive line, during spring practice this year. He is a punishing blocker that overwhelms defenders with his massive size. He was singled out by the coaching staff as having some of the best feet and strength of any OSU offensive lineman. His mammoth size and fiery attitude caught not only the eye of fans and media, but that of offensive line coach George Belu, too. “Adrien was a pleasant surprise in spring practice,” Belu said. “He still needs to get himself grooved in terms of technique and assignments, but he’s a real load coming off the ball. His attitude will also carry him a long way.” Clarke’s stock started to rise the minute he stepped on campus last year and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Many redshirt freshman are noted as being a big part of the future of the program. The young Adrien Clarke, on the other hand, is good enough to be a big part of the present.

1999: Redshirted.

1999 Media Guide: Selected first team Division I all-Ohio by the Associated Press as a senior … One of the nation’s Top 10 offensive line prospects according to The National Recruiting Advisor … Considered Ohio’s eighth-best prospect by The Ohio Football Recruiting News and the No. 1 offensive line prospect by Prep Football Prospects of Ohio … Explodes off the line of scrimmage … Recorded 25 pancake blocks as a junior … High school teammate of OSU sophomore-to-be Nate Clements … Competed in both the shot put and discus throws for high school track and field team … The son of Antoinette and Maxey Clarke.