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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Four-star WR likes Ohio State's mix

By Brad Bournival

They’re still kicking. But so is everyone else.

That’s what one four-star wide receiver from Urban Meyer’s old stomping ground had to say about the Ohio State Buckeyes and his recruitment.

James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) left Sunday afternoon from an official visit to Columbus, Ohio, with a better understanding of Ohio State and with a lot to think about before national signing day.

“I didn’t commit, but I loved the balance of great education and a top football program [Ohio State has],” Clark said in a text message immediately following his visit.

That means the Buckeyes, who hadn’t offered a scholarship to the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Clark until Jan. 9, are still very much in the mix.

Clark canceled his official visit to Florida and changed things around to come to Columbus this weekend.

He’ll be in Gainesville, Fla., to check out the Gators on an unofficial visit one last time next weekend and then said will make his decision on national signing day.

He’s taken official visits to Clemson, Northwestern, Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue and has the Wildcats, Cornhuskers, Tigers, Gators and Buckeyes among his final five.

“All the teams are still in the mix,” Clark said.

As a senior, Clark eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark receiving in just 10 games. He finished the season with 49 catches for 1,112 yards and scored eight touchdowns.

Should he give his pledge to Ohio State, Clark would join Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland) and Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) as wide receivers in Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class.