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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Four-star WR Clark has change of plans

By Corey Long

Four-star wide receiver James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) was all set to go to Florida on an official this weekend, but not before a round of in-home visits from other programs. Did a visit from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer change Clark’s travel plans?

The fast-rising 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior has decided to take a visit to Ohio State this weekend instead of Florida after Meyer spent more than an hour with Clark on a visit.

“I had a great visit with coach Meyer, and it was an honor to have him in my home,” Clark said. “I will be visiting Ohio State this weekend.

“It’s a great school with a top-notch football program, and it’s also a top academic school, so it’s the best of everything.”

It’s Clark’s fifth and final official, as he has previously taken trips to Clemson, Purdue, Northwestern and Nebraska.

Although Clark’s change of plans is disappointing to Florida the receiver says he has not eliminated the Gators.

“Florida is not eliminated at all,” Clark explained. “I’m just taking this opportunity to go to another place. Florida is pretty close to where I live.”

Clark has taken an unofficial visit to Florida in the past month.

Meyer coached Florida for six seasons and won two BCS titles. Clark says he was a fan of the coach while he was winning big in Gainesville.

“I love the offense that he runs and how he puts guys in position to make big plays,” Clark said. “I’ve been a fan, and we talked a lot about that and how Ohio State could be the right fit for me.”