Now after a long courtship with the Maryland Terrapins, Cleare has come off the board and committed to the program according to high school coach Don Harvey.
Cleare was actually a top target of Head Coach Mark Turgeon from his time at Texas A&M, and he continued that recruitment upon taking the job at Maryland. Also assistant Bino Ranson was recruiting Cleare to Maryland under the old staff, and developed a strong relationship that led to the pledge.
"He always has liked Maryland," said Harvey of his star's commitment. "When Gary Williams was there he knew Coach Williams could really develop talent, and then he left. At the time when he left the two schools Shaq really liked were Texas A&M and Maryland."
Harvey continued, "When Coach Turgeon went to Maryland that just made the transition easier, and they continued to recruit him hard."
Cleare had been home in the Bahamas with his parents during much of August, and upon his arrival back in the United States, he knew his decision.
"He walked in this morning and I asked him what he wanted to do," said Harvey. "He said he wanted to go to Maryland so we called his parents and talked it over, they were happy with it and he committed."
The Houston (TX) Village School product is seen as the No. 38 prospect in the 2012 class, and the No. 12 ranked center.
By pulling the trigger, Cleare becomes the second commitment for the Terrapins in the class. He joins three star guard Seth Allen.