If speed kills, Ohio State just acquired a major weapon with the commitment of 4-star wide receiver James Clark.
The news comes from The O-Zone.net's Brandon Castel:
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
The New Smyrna Beach product, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, is rated as the 32nd-best wide receiver and the No. 225 overall recruit in the country. Considering his skill set, he should be a pain for opposing defenses to deal with over the next four years.
At 5'10", 170 pounds, Clark doesn't exactly have the size of a true No. 1 receiver. That's likely the reason that he received such a low ranking despite pulling in 49 catches for 1,112 yards (a ridiculous 22.7 yards per reception) and eight touchdowns during his senior season.
But those are just numbers.
What matters is how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Clark runs an absolutely blazing 4.39 40-yard dash. When you watch him take screen after screen to the house, you get the feeling that even that number is a little misleading:
WR James Clark just picked Ohio State over UF. Urban Meyer hurting his old school which desperately needs to upgrade WRs— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 6, 2013
In addition to looking like an elite option out of the slot, the former track star is also one of the most dangerous kick returners in this class. Even with his lack of bulk—a problem that should be quelled once he gets onto campus—it's clear that there are several different ways Clark can make a significant impact on the game.
Fortunately for the Buckeyes, they now have the opportunity to watch him do that for their offense.
Clark is a dynamic player with room to grow, and it will be exciting to watch him develop at the collegiate level.