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Steven Clarke headed to Vanderbilt

He was a member of one of the top defensive secondaries in the state, and over the weekend, Steven Clarke joined Boyd Anderson teammates Demar Drosey (Florida) and Cliff Coleman (Ole Miss) as Division 1 players.

The gifted 5-10, 175-pounder, who was being recruited by Connecticut, Maryland, Western Michigan and Miami, made his decision.

"I am going to Vanderbilt," Clarke said. "Great fit for me and I have a chance to come right in and make an impact."

The school, city and the chance to play in the Southeastern Conference were all instrumental in the decision making process for a player who had two interceptions in the Nike Miami-Dade/Broward All-Star Game after turning in a tremendous season for the Cobras during a playoff year.

"Obviously Nashville is a great place," Clarke said. "But when you hear things like 92 percent graduation rate and having the opportunity to play for a growing program in the best conference in America, you really have to jump at the chance."

St. Thomas Aquinas has a number of No. 1s to boast about. Being the best team in the nation in 2009, having the premier kicking prospect in Tennessee-bound Michael Palardy and the top-rated cornerback in Lamarcus Joyner. The Raiders also have the No. 1 long snapper in America, and Danny Adams (5-10, 190) was rewarded by accepting a scholarship to attend Eastern Kentucky University.

Adams is just one of a few of the Raiders who have already announced their college plans.

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