Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Ohio State adds four-star WR Clark
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State’s receiving unit just became better.
A late addition to the Buckeyes, James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) picked Ohio State Wednesday over Florida and Clemson.
Clark made his last official visit to Columbus, Ohio, and became the third four-star wide receiver to join the Buckeyes in the last week, joining Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College).
As a senior, Clark finished the season with 49 catches for 1,112 yards and added eight touchdowns.
What is the impact of Clark's decision nationally?
What it means for Ohio State: With the commitment of Clark, Ohio State landed an elusive, playmaking wide receiver who certainly has a chance to impact a position that was one of need in the 2013 recruiting class. He also joins four-star teammates Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson as well as Jalin Marshall in what could be a solid unit for years to come.
What it means for Florida and Clemson: Florida already has four receiver commits, so the loss of Clark was not devastating. The Gators, however, were hoping to add some athleticism to their receiving group. Clemson already has wide receiver depth and has commitments from two four-star receivers.
Turning point: Right before Clark's official visit to Ohio State, the Buckeyes made a visit and convinced him to scrap his official to Florida and choose Ohio State. In doing that, Urban Meyer's staff secured his services.
Surprise (scale of 1-5): 2. The battle was thought to be between the Buckeyes and Gators. The fact Clark chose Ohio State for his final official visit over Florida indicated where his mind was.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 1. He’s got speed. So do Wilson, Smith and Marshall. Devin Smith, Philly Brown and Chris Fields are back, so immediate playing time will be tough.