Archbishop Hoban senior quarterback Danny Clark has had a change of heart with regards to his commitment to play football at Ohio State University.
Clark announced Tuesday on his Twitter account that he plans to play college football elsewhere. He pledged to the Buckeyes in December of 2013 during his freshman year at Massillon, and has a block O tattoo on his left arm.
“I never for one second pictured a scenario where I wasn’t wearing the Scarlet and Grey,” Clark wrote. “But sometimes God has a funny way of putting us in situations only he knows we are strong enough to handle. In the past few months I have been forced to accept the fact that as a pro style QB, maybe my style of play would be a good fit elsewhere. At first I couldn’t accept it. I spent a lot of nights crying and praying for an answer I thought I already knew.
“But sometimes the writing is on the wall, and you just have to see through the tears to read what it says.. It is with a very heavy heart, and with a clear conscience that I am officially decommitting from OSU, and will now open up my recruitment for the first time since this all began. I want every single Buckeye fan to know how much I truly love and appreciate you with all my heart!”
Clark grew up in Suburban Columbus. His family moved to Massillon before high school, and he was the starting quarterback for the Tigers for two years under coach Jason Hall. After Hall was fired, Clark’s family moved to Akron and the left-handed quarterback enrolled at Hoban.
Clark, who is 6-foot-4 and 230-pounds, is in his second year as Hoban’s starting quarterback under coach Tim Tyrrell. The Knights went 14-1 in 2015 and won the Division III state championship. The Knights are 4-1 in 2016.
“Since I’ve been 6 years old I have worked tirelessly to be a better football player with only one goal in mind. To play football for Thee Ohio State University,” Clark said. “I was born in downtown Columbus at Grant hospital where dad’s stare through the glass at their boys, praying they’ll one day be good enough to be Buckeyes.
“I truly felt I was born to play for the Buckeyes, and it was the only football goal I had through my entire football life. My family and I drove past The Shoe on 315 over and over through my childhood, and even still as I’m 18 years old my dad said the same thing.. ‘Boys, that’s where the greatest college football team in history plays, and that’s where you guys will be one day!’
Instead, Clark is now looking elsewhere for college. Clark visited Ohio State often for games and camps, and has always spoke highly of Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.
Clark’s style is different from what Meyer generally recruits. Meyer has won with more athletic quarterbacks, such as Tim Tebow at Florida and Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones at Ohio State. The 2017 OSU class also has a pledge from Tate Martell, a dual-threat quarterback from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev .