DeAri Todd hopes he can set an example for the next wave of Clearview football players.
The senior defensive end has orally committed to play Division I football at Boston College, in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He said the school has offered him a full scholarship and he plans to enroll in the fall.
“It was stressful, but it was enjoyable,” Todd said. “I got to show people that it doesn’t matter where you come from you can do it. I’m just a kid from Lorain. Being doubted, I still did it and football opened up things for me, my family and my teammates.”
Todd said he also considered Michigan State, Missouri and Air Force, with many other schools from the Mid-American Conference also making offers. But Boston College stood out because he felt he fit well with the coaches, players and academically wants to pursue a degree in business or engineering.
“He had a tremendous impact both on and off the field,” Clearview coach Mike Collier said of Todd. “His leadership skills really showed through. He’s obviously a great talent. We knew as a freshman that he was going to be a really special kid. He’s a big kid, athletic and was a three-year starter and two-year captain. He’s just a well-liked kid in our community. The teachers respect him, his peers respect him. And even though he had a great year of success, he’s an extremely humble kid who tries to give the attention to his teammates and coaches.”
It’s easy to see why the Eagles coveted the 6-foot-4,
240-pound end. He recorded 47 tackles, seven for loss, with one sack, two hurries and three passes defended. He caused one fumble and returned another for a 65-yard touchdown.
Collier said many of the team’s opponents ran the ball to the opposite side of Todd and routinely bombarded him with double teams. Still, he managed to snag special mention All-Ohio and first-team all-district honors, also being named defensive lineman of the year in Lorain County and the Patriot Athletic Conference.
Collier described Todd as explosive, adding that he does a great job of getting separation. His strength improved every year — which is something he will have to continue working on as he makes the transition to Division I.
“He’s excited about his opportunity to go to Boston College,” Collier said. “As any offensive or defensive lineman going from that big of a jump from high school to Division I football, he’ll have to continue to get stronger. He’ll have to do those things in the weight room that will help him be durable and explosive at that level. He’s going to have to put a lot of work into the weight room, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll do that.”
While the plan is to focus on the defensive side in college, Todd also played tight end for the Clippers and recorded 10 receptions for 126 yards, a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. Collier added that he’s an outstanding blocker.