In a slight surprise, four-star receiver James Clark has signed his LOI with the Ohio State Buckeyes, per Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) of The Columbus Dispatch.
Coming off an unofficial visit in Gainesville – just 115 miles away from his home in New Smyrna Beach – Clark was expected to sign with the Florida Gators. However, he decided to take his talents to Columbus instead, giving Urban Meyer another huge addition to an already outstanding class.
Clark is going to help the Buckeyes out mostly on the inside of the hashes as a slot receiver. He has incredible speed (4.39 40-yard dash, according to The Orlando Sentinel) and has the ability to make defenders look silly with great agility.
What Meyer is looking forward to the most – along with quarterback Braxton Miller – is Clark’s potential to find the end zone on any given play. His explosiveness makes him that dangerous, and he’s nearly untouchable in the open field.
During his senior season, Clark finished with 49 receptions for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers aren’t overwhelming, but he has major upside to become a heavy contributor early on in his collegiate career.
At 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, Clark isn’t the best downfield blocker and has trouble getting off the line of scrimmage. This would be a major problem if the Buckeyes were planning on using him as an outside receiver, but they’re not.
He’ll obviously have to continue getting stronger so that he can compete with the strong back sevens of the Big Ten Conference, but that’s a must for any incoming freshman at any sport.
Either way, Ohio State is getting yet another primetime playmaker on offense. This is going to be heck of an exciting class to watch once things begin to unravel this fall.