Clarett is key to Ohio State's hopes

Updated: August 29, 2003, 9:55 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
Q: What do you make of Maurice Clarett's situation at Ohio State, with the academic and financial investiagations focused on him? -- Greg, Sunbury, Ohio
Maurice Clarett
Maurice Clarett set Ohio State freshman records with 1,237 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns last season.
KIPER: Ohio State is fortified with four running backs, but Maurice Clarett is obviously their top guy. They have good depth behind him, but none of his caliber. He's a phenomenal player. But right now, investigations are still taking place and we don't know all of the facts. We're going to have to wait and see how this all plays out.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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