The writers at WolverineNation and BuckeyeNation put their heads together to break down the rivals’ 2013 classes. Position-by-position, they’ll give you a look at who Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer brought in and, ultimately, which class edged out the other. It’s too early to say what will happen over the next few seasons, and we won’t make any promises except that Hoke and Meyer are going to put talent on the field. Ohio State got: If there was ever a position where Urban Meyer proved he was one of the best closers in the game, it is the wide receiver position.
Ohio State’s receiving unit just became better. A late addition to the Buckeyes, James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) picked Ohio State Wednesday over the likes of Florida and Clemson. Clark made his last official visit to Columbus, Ohio, and became the third four-star wide receiver to join the Buckeyes in the last week, joining Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College).
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Four-star wide receiver James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) has visited Florida several times during the last year. This weekend, however, might have been the most important. With signing day just three days away the talented wide out took an unofficial visit to Gainesville. Clark said he learned more about the academic side to Florida during this visit. “My visit to Florida was great,” Clark said. “I really got to see all the academic stuff and they showed me all of the facilities — it was great.
They’re still kicking. But so is everyone else. That’s what one four-star wide receiver from Urban Meyer’s old stomping ground had to say about the Ohio State Buckeyes and his recruitment. James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) left Sunday afternoon from an official visit to Columbus, Ohio, with a better understanding of Ohio State and with a lot to think about before national signing day. “I didn’t commit, but I loved the balance of great education and a top football program [Ohio State has],” Clark said in a text message immediately following his visit.
Four-star wide receiver James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) was all set to go to Florida on an official this weekend, but not before a round of in-home visits from other programs. Did a visit from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer change Clark’s travel plans? The fast-rising 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior has decided to take a visit to Ohio State this weekend instead of Florida after Meyer spent more than an hour with Clark on a visit.
Less than two weeks before signing day, the opinions of recruits and players can change rapidly. That played out on Sunday with a receiver from Florida. James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) told RecruitingNation reporter Derek Tyson that his official visit to Clemson was a 10. After that he started talking about the future and an official visit to Florida — his last — next weekend. “I’m kind of ready to take a break,” Clark told Tyson.
Four-star wide receiver James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) officially visited Clemson this weekend. Though the 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver didn’t name a leader, the trip to Clemson will be his last visit. “The visit was great,” Clark said. “I loved the people, the facilities, the academic staff and the coaching staff. It was all great. I’d probably rate it a 10. “I’m not quite ready to start picking out favorites yet, but Clemson is a place that I could definitely see myself going.
Ohio State fell behind Clemson this week. Will the Buckeyes lose out next week as well? With a precious few weeks left in the recruiting process for 2013, Ohio State reached out to James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) with an offer on Monday. Clark has two official visits left and wanted time to think things over before deciding where he wanted to take them. This weekend, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Clark chose the Tigers over the Buckeyes.
Nebraska was great for a Florida receiver who is narrowing his choices. But there are still visits to take and a potential new suitor as well. Four-star wide receiver James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) took an official visit to Nebraska this weekend. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete said he enjoyed his time in Lincoln. “My visit pretty well, ” Clark said. “I enjoyed the campus, I had a fun weekend. I got to see the staff, players and the facilities.