- United States
- OG, OT
- Shaker Heights, OH
- High School
- Shaker Heights
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Post-OSU Update: Adrien Clarke was the 227th pick (7th round) of the 2004 NFL Draft, selected by Philadelphia. Clarke tore a hamstring before the 2004 season and missed the year. He played 14 games with the Eagles in 2005, starting four times. After missing 2006 due to a back injury, Clarke started 14 games for the Jets in 2007. After getting waived by the Ravens in 2008 training camp, Clarke pursued a career in the UFL. After football, Clarke has pursued a career in personal training and operates PGP Sports, in addition to running a charity. (updated: Oct. 2022)
Major: African American Studies (2003), Communication (2001-02)
Jersey #: 63 (2000-03), 62 (1999)
Weight: 330 (2003), 325 (2000-02), 315 (1999)
2003 Media Guide: Adrien Clarke is Ohio State’s most-seasoned offensive lineman with 29 starts and 37 games on his resume … was redshirted as a true freshman in 1999, but has been a regular ever since … equally at home at guard or tackle, but is expected to spend most of his time at the former position in 2003 … 19 of his starts have been at left guard, including all 10 starts last year … the other 10 starts were at left tackle … big and strong with exceptional footwork for a player his size … especially effective in short-yardage and goal-line situations … played his best football toward the end of last year and can be a force to be reckoned with when he is on top of his game … competitive player who takes pride in the way he plays … has the potential to capture All-Big Ten recognition … worked extremely hard during the off-season and appears to be in the best physical shape of his college career.
2002 Season: Was slowed at the beginning of the season with a back injury and had to work his way back into playing shape … played in 13 games, missing the Kent State game in week two … took over as the starter in game five against Indiana … played well down the stretch and had a key block at Illinois that allowed Maurice Hall to score the winning touchdown in a thrilling 23-16 overtime victory.
2002 Media Guide: Adrien Clarke is in his third year as a starter … the Buckeyes’ most experienced offensive lineman with 24 games and 20 starts under his belt … big, physical player who has excellent mobility and exceptional footwork for a player his size … expected to start at guard, but is equally at home at tackle … broke his left wrist while lifting weights during the offseason and sat out spring practice, but is expected to be ready to play in the fall … has the potential to win postseason honors this year if he continues to develop.
2001 Season: Began the year as the incumbent at left tackle, but finished the season as the regular left guard … started the first game of the year (Akron) at left tackle, where he started the final 10 games of the 2000 campaign … became a regular at left guard against Northwestern and started the last nine games there … logged 318 minutes and was named OSU’s Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Penn State game.
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 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.