Syracuse, NY — Rutgers transfer Alijah Clark, a former four-star recruit, announced that he will continue his football career at Syracuse on Tuesday night.
Clark played in seven games as a true freshman at Rutgers last season, making six tackles and recording an interception. He missed most of the second half of the season with a leg injury but was considered a candidate to earn a starting job next year.
Clark arrived at Rutgers last season as a four-star recruit out of Camden (NJ) High School, where he played alongside Syracuse true freshman standout Duce Chestnut.
Chestnut appears to be developing quite a reputation as a recruiter. He also helped flip defensive end Denis Jaquez Jr., a defensive end of New Jersey and a member of SU’s National Signing Day class.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Clark adds to Syracuse’s young talent on defense and, especially, to its young talent in the defensive secondary.
The Orange will bring back two established pieces at cornerback next season in NFL hopeful Garrett Williams and Chestnut, a freshman All-American. Clark is the second new piece of the defensive backfield that the Orange has grabbed as a transfer, joining Louisville’s Bralyn Oliver.
Coming out of high school, Clark was listed as one of the top 300 players in the country in the 247 Sports composite rankings. He was ranked as the No. 22 cornerback in the Class of 2021 and the No. 5 recruit in New Jersey.
Clark is the fifth player that Syracuse has taken as a transfer this offseason, joining running back Juwaun Price (New Mexico State), quarterback Dan Villari (Michigan), defensive back (Bralyn Oliver) and wide receiver DJ Hayes (Michigan State).
In addition to Syracuse, Clark said on social media that he had transfer offers from Louisville, West Virginia and others.
Over the past few years, Syracuse has done exceptionally well at recruiting and developing defensive backs. Andre Cisco, Trill Williams and Iffy Melifonwu played in the NFL as rookies this season.
With the addition of Clark, if everything goes well, the Orange may have found another big three in the defensive backfield.
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