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Friday, December 13, 2013
Danny Clark commits to Buckeyes

By Tom VanHaaren
ESPN.com

He only just completed his freshman season, but 2017 quarterback Danny Clark (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) wasted no time in quickly ending his recruitment by orally committing to the in-state Buckeyes on Friday.

Clark and his father, Jeff, left Ohio State practice on Friday in tears after the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback committed to the Buckeyes on the spot after being offered a scholarship by coach Urban Meyer.

"We're standing out there while practice is going on and Urban offered halfway through practice and you don't want to cry in front of people you don't know, so I hugged Danny and told him he did it," Jeff Clark said after seeing his son's dream realized and sharing an emotional experience in their visit to Ohio State. "We hugged, and my brother was with me so we hugged, and then after we went into Urban's office. After we talked and everything was official Urban grabbed Danny and hugged him.

"We all hugged and shook hands and then I grabbed Danny and the tears started flowing, because then it was real. I told him I was so proud of him and that I loved him and that he did it."

Clark has always dreamed of being a Buckeye. His father got to see their dream come true, and it happened earlier than expected. Clark didn't think his son would get offered this fast, but figured it would have happened by summer.

His son had a plan put forth to make sure that happened, but because the offer was extended earlier than expected, the two were caught a little off guard.

"I wasn't prepared for it, but I know how much Danny likes Ohio State and I know the coaches' impressions of Danny," Jeff Clark said. "There are several other Big Ten programs that told us they would have offered had they not known we were basically Buckeyes."

Since his son is so young, both sides wanted to make sure it was the right decision and it was what both wanted. Clark, his father and the Ohio State coaches went into Meyer's office and discussed the commitment.

"We sat down after practice and went in and talked and made sure everything was on the up and up on both sides. We talked to Urban and (offensive coordinator) Tom Herman about what we expected and what they expected," Jeff Clark said.