Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting efforts took a hit Sunday afternoon when 4-star tight end Chris Clark committed to North Carolina.
Clark, a 6’6″, 247-pound pass-catcher out of Avon, Conn., made the announcement via his Twitter account.
Rated the No. 3 tight end and the No. 126 prospect overall, Clark was one of the most pursued recruits in the country. After hauling in 39 receptions for 417 yards and six touchdowns during his junior season, Clark earned offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
The Buckeyes, though, were considered the favorite, according to the recruiting experts at 247Sports.
So where does Ohio State go now?
Finding the right player is imperative for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Ohio State didn’t sign a tight end in its 2014 class, and with Jeff Heuerman on the brink of his final season, there’s a big need for one this year.
The Buckeyes already have offers out to a pair of top 10 tight ends, both of whom reside in the SEC footprint.
The first went out to Garrett Williams last May. The 6’4″, 220-pound prospect out of Orlando, Fla., is rated a 4-star recruit, but Meyer and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff would need to work some serious magic to sway Williams from Florida State, which currently leads for his services.
Last month, Ohio State sent out an offer to another 4-star prospect in Jackson Harris. The Columbia, Tenn., native has offers from…