“I don’t run a 4.4 40, but I think I threw the ball as good as anyone out there,” said 2017 Massillon (Ohio) Washington quarterback Danny Clark, who is already committed to play for the Buckeyes.
“The defense was out there getting away with murder, but we were all out here having fun at a camp and there’s going to be some different stuff going on. But I think we all had a great day as a whole.”
Being so young, it was his first chance to experience the atmosphere of Ohio State’s biggest recruiting event of the year.
“It was great. It was everything I thought it would be and more,” he said. “Last year I was too young, so compliance wouldn’t let me compete at Friday Night Lights. It was everything I hoped for, and I had a great time. I loved the energy, the environment and I had a great day.”
While some of the best prospects in the country battled for a scholarship offer or further attention from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his staff, Clark spent the night secure in the knowledge that he’ll be suiting up for the Buckeyes in three years.
“At Ohio State, when you’re committed, it feels like you’re at home,” he said. “It’s definitely a different feeling because I remember last year going to camps, I was like, ‘I’ve got to come in here and make a name for myself. I’m not committed.’ And now, coming here with the status that I have, it’s special, knowing all the coaches and everyone. And that also comes with… people will know you and want you to do good, and they expect you to be at a certain level, so there’s definitely that also.”
Not many high school football players hold offers during their freshman year or before their sophomore year, and even fewer of those athletes have committable offers. But Clark isn’t a typical signal caller. The 6-4, 205-pound sophomore was the first freshman to ever start at the storied Massillon program, and he’s confident about where he’s headed in the future.
When asked what he thinks led Meyer to offer him at such a young age, Clark didn’t hesitate.
“I’d probably say my work ethic,” he said. “And being such a young age, I still have a lot of growing to do whether it’s speed, strength or height. He knows how good I’m going to be. I’m not dogging myself right now saying I’m not that good, but he knows what it’s going to be like in 2017 and he knows what kind of person I am. Me and him have a great connection, and we know we’re going to do great things in the future.”
As detailed over the course of the past few months, Clark has become a dogged recruiter for Ohio State, both for his own class and the two that will arrive before him. He was in salesman mode again on Friday night with some of the top players in Ohio Stadium.
“Coach Meyer and Coach Herman are always telling me about who the guys are to look out for, and there were definitely a lot of guys out there with great talent,” he said. “No specific names, but I always let them know how special it is to be a Buckeye.”
Clark truly believes everything he says about Ohio State and what it’s like to be committed to a program of that caliber.
“It’s special. It’s a blessing,” he said. “That’s what I think about every day when I wake up because it can be taken away like that. I always want to make sure I know how blessed I am to be in the situation I am. I just keep working hard and keep trying to do good for everyone that’s watching.”