Speedster James Clark Signs with Ohio State Buckeyes

Austin Kemp@@Theaustinator_1Analyst IFebruary 6, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes gives his team instructions during a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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James Clark has made it official: He has signed with The Ohio State Buckeyes.


It's Official: 4-star WR James Clark has picked Ohio State over Florida and Clemson. No. 25 for Urban.

— Brandon Castel (@BCastOZone) February 6, 2013

Clark visited Florida over this past weekend, and also visited several times over the last year. When you take all that into account, this has to come as a bit of a surprise to Buckeye fans. Urban Meyer certainly looks like he’s taking over the college football world once again.  

The speed that Clark possesses is almost unmatchable. A touchdown threat every time he touches the ball, the four-star prospect from New Smyrna Beach, Florida had a top three that also included the Gators and Clemson.  

It’s obvious what Meyer is trying to do. With Clark’s sudden commit, and Dontre Wilson’s on Monday night, speed and game-breaking ability seems to be on Meyer’s mind. He’s looking for a player who can turn a 10-yard catch into a 70-yard touchdown. A player who can torch defenses, sometimes on speed alone.

James Clark undeniably fits that roll.

The slot position seems to fit Clark best when evaluating the type of player he is. As a high school star, he made a living busting screen passes for huge gains. That’s the kind of play Ohio State receivers desperately needed in 2012.

Yes Corey Brown is fast, but not James Clark fast.  If there's a time for current Buckeye receivers to step up, the time is now. There are a plethora of young guys coming in who are foaming at the mouth to get out on the field.

Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, Corey Smith, and now James Clark—skill certainly won’t be a problem with the Buckeyes going forward.

Look for Clark to compete for playing time right away, along with his fellow freshmen, who have Ohio State’s recruiting class near the top of the college football world. 

Look out, there’s something brewing in Columbus.