Like Ray Rice and Geoff McDermott before them, Joe Clarke and Khalil Edney will be long remembered for the success they brought New Rochelle High School on both the football field and basketball court this school year. Rice and McDermott won a state football championship together in 2003 and reached the 2005 state final in basketball, but they not only went their separate ways but chose different sports in college.
That’s apparently where the two duos will differ. According to Clarke, he and Edney will continue their partnership at the next level.
The 6-foot-3 two-sport star said he will join Edney on the football team at Dean College, a Division I junior college in Franklin, Mass. He also plans to play basketball at the school, which finished 17-6 and was ranked No. 18 in the NJCAA Division II poll until it was recently bounced from the postseason.
Clarke played tight end, defensive end/linebacker, kicker and punter for the Class AA state champs and was named The Journal News’ Westchester/Putnam player of the year. He expects to focus tight end at Dean, which finished last season 7-3 and had four players received Division I scholarships.
Clarke has an official visit scheduled for March 25 and plans to sign then. (Edney, a quarterback, has already signed with the school.)
Clarke and Edney will join three former New Rochelle teammates: OL Durell Rice; LB Kemet McLean; and DB Shaquille Evans. All three players will be sophomores next season. Mamaroneck WR Dean Chiapparelli and Spring Valley LB David Ulysse are also on Dean’s roster, although Ulysse’s has completed his eligibility.
Clarke, who now averages 26 points and 10 rebounds per game, has seen his basketball star rise this postseason. The Huguenots enter Saturday’s state final four at the Glens Falls Civic Center having won seven straight. Clarke has averaged 27.3 points and 8.3 rebounds during the postseason.
During the football season, Clarke scored 10 touchdowns and recorded 6 1/2 sacks. Both he and Edney were selected as first-team all-state players by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Edney threw for 1,408 yards and 19 touchdowns and also led the team with 581 yards rushing.