Archbishop Hoban (Akron) quarterback Danny Clark, who has tirelessly answered questions about his commitment to Ohio State following the commitment of Tate Martell, has decommitted from the Buckeyes, he announced on Twitter.
Clark announced he was decommitting with a “very heavy heart and a clear conscience.”
“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,” he wrote. “At first I couldn’t accept it. I spent a lot of nights crying and praying for an answer that 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.”
Clark committed to Ohio State in 2013 and has said at the time he was told that the Buckeyes would not add another quarterback recruit to the class. Those circumstances changed when Marell was brought in and he has become a Pied Paper of sorts helping push Ohio State to other elite players. Clark said he was told by the coaches “it was a business” and he intended to fight for the job.
Clark got a large “Block O” tattoo on his left arm that included his nickname “Prototype” and the date of his commitment, Dec. 13, 2013.
“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.”
ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert lauded Clark for the way he handled his decommitment.
“It was not a surprise that ultimately it did happen,” Haubert said. “I think it was very, very well done in the way it was handled. It was very heartfelt and a lot of times people have gotten jaded about the process so this was refreshing.
“As far as where he goes next, he had visited Michigan State last spring, and there was buzz about him being there. He came out and said he was there with teammates and friends and his brother. I think he stays in Big Ten country. Where that is right in the aftermath, I don’t know. One outlier might be Kentucky, at least as far as conference but not in terms of distance.”
At 6-4, 225 pounds, Clark is ranked among the top 15 pro-style quarterbacks in the class.
Here is the full text of Clark’s statement:
And here is the aforementioned tattoo, although Clark is not the only recruit to get tangled up in recruiting after getting a tattoo. Remember Kam Martin, who got a Baylor tattoo and then asked and was granted his release.