The Kentucky football team has found a new quarterback for the 2017 recruiting class.
Four-star Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) quarterback Danny Clark committed to Kentucky on Saturday, less than a month after he ended his almost three-year commitment to Ohio State. Clark’s commitment essentially replaces four-star quarterback Mac Jones, who decommitted from UK’s class in June.
Clark committed to Ohio State in December 2013, but the Buckeyes later added a second quarterback to their 2017 class in four-star prospect Tate Martell from top-ranked Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).
When Clark announced his decision to decommit from Ohio State he cited the need to play at a school that valued a pro-style quarterback.
Steve Wiltfong, the director of recruiting for 247Sports, thinks Clark made the right decision.
“Obviously Danny found a better fit this time around in an offense that suits his skillset better than the one in Columbus,” Wiltfong said. “He’s a big, strong kid with plenty of upside, has got a live arm. … At Ohio State, they’re going to want you to be dynamic and to be able to run and carry the load sometimes at that position. Danny is more of a pro-style guy that you’re going to play-action and five-step, seven-step drop and just let him sit in the pocket.”
Scout.com and ESPN rate Clark as a four-star recruit. Rivals and 247Sports rate him as a three-star prospect. The Archbishop Hoban High School quarterback is rated as the 18th-best prospect in Ohio by the 247Sports Composite, which averages the ratings of the four major recruiting services.
At 6-foot-4, 223 pounds, Clark looks the part of a high-major quarterback and his thrived as a starter for four years in high school. As a junior he led Hoban to a state title.
“He’s a winner under center, but he’ll have to become more consistent with his play at the position with his fundamentals,” Wiltfong said. “But just from a tools standpoint Danny Clark has the ability to become a good quarterback in Lexington.”
Clark is the 14th commitment in UK’s 2017 class, which is expected to finish well short of the 25-man limit as the staff works to stay under the 85-man scholarship limit on campus.