Whether or not Ohio State can land Tate Martell remains to be seen, but if the five-star quarterback does become a Buckeye he’ll have someone else waiting for him.
Akron Hoban quarterback Danny Clark, who was offered by OSU head coach Urban Meyer as a freshman in December 2013 and committed on the spot, said nothing will change his commitment to his home-state school. The four-star quarterback who won a state championship last fall said he had a talk with the Ohio State staff and knew the Buckeyes would be bringing in the talented Las Vegas Bishop Gorman quarterback for an unofficial visit.
“Urban explained it to me. It's a business, you know what I mean? It's a business,” Clark said April 2 at an Unrivaled Athlete Consulting camp in Akron. “They have to be balanced on all points of the game, and I am not worried about competition.
Honestly, I don't care who they bring in. I'm going to win.”
Clark, who sports a massive Block O tattoo on his left arm, pointed to the 2014 season as an explanation for the need to stockpile talented prospects at the quarterback position. He said he never considered playing anywhere except Ohio State.
“For me, my dad and my brother, it’s where our heart is,” Clark said. “Ever since I started playing, I’ve wanted to be a Buckeye no matter what happened. We’ve got one of the best coaches in the history of football right now, so it’s a special place.”
It was expected back when he committed that he would be Ohio State’s only quarterback in the class of 2017, but all parties involved seem to have come to an understanding that such an arrangement might no longer be the case.
“They didn't throw it on me. I’ve known for a while,” Clark said. “They were just saying, ‘We’re going to look at a couple guys.’
“They have to take a guy.”