June 28, 2010

Did Clark do enough for an offer?

Every year college recruiting staff wish that they could fit more kids into a class than they actually have room for and the class of 2011 is no different. There are several talented Ohioans that have not received offers as of yet this time around but in other years would have been offered long ago. Finneytown (Ohio) offensive tackle Donavon Clark is one of those types of players.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder already has more than 20 offers nationally including USC, Tennessee, West Virginia and Minnesota to name just a few. But the Buckeyes have not been able to come to the table with one as of yet. But after participating in Saturday's camp the big lineman feels that he is that much closer to getting that elusive Buckeye offer.

"(Coach Jim Bollman) pulled me aside in his office and told me I am this close from being a Buckeye," "I know I had a good day camp at and I made an impression so I am just waiting to hear back from them."

Ohio State remains in Clark's top six schools without an offer but an offer would obviously go a long way for the Bucks in landing the talented big man.

"My top six is USC, Indiana, Michigan State, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Ohio State," Clark said. "(Ohio State) will be in my top six."

Ohio State already holds verbal commitments from four linemen including Tommy Brown, Antonio Underwood, Chris Carter and out-of-state center to be Brian Bobek. The Buckeyes are also in the middle of things with Aundrey Walker and Angelo Mangiro so it is a crowded playing field for a position that would only have one vacancy left with an outside shot at two.

Clark played left tackle last year for his high school team and expects to play there again this upcoming season. Most schools are projecting him to play at tackle in college as well. Purdue and Iowa (neither have offered) both see him on the defensive side of the ball however.

A saving grace that Buckeye fans may be able to hang onto is the fact that Clark is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I am going to probably wait and do my official visits first, sometime late during the season or maybe afterwards," Clark said.

Clark describes himself as a player who is capable of pancaking opponents and getting them to the ground. But while Clark is a physical talent on the field he is thinking just as much about his life after football and will look to get into sports marketing at whatever school he selects.

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