Virginia Tech Adds Graduate Transfer Receiver James Clark

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James Clark
James Clark, shown here in action against Virginia Tech in Lane Stadium in 2015.

Ohio State graduate transfer wide receiver James Clark has committed to Virginia Tech.  The rising redshirt-senior has one year of eligibility remaining.  The news was first reported by 247Sports.

Clark caught six passes for 47 yards for the Buckeyes last season.  He also played special teams, and was on the field in Lane Stadium when Ohio State beat the Hokies in 2015.  Injuries interrupted his first two seasons in Columbus.

At 5-foot-10, 186-pounds, Clark is projected to play slot receiver at Virginia Tech.  He’s the latest example, along with true freshmen Kalil Pimpleton and Sean Savoy, of Justin Fuente and his staff trying to add more speed on the offensive side of the ball. 

Clarke was a unanimous 4-star recruit coming out of New Smyrna Beach High School in Florida.  247Sports rated him as the No. 174 overall recruit in the country.  As you can see from his Hudl highlights below, speed and acceleration are the strengths of his game.

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  1. Any chance of a medical redshirt. Seems like he missed the majority of 2 years of games. Does he have 2 to play 1, 2 to play 2, or 1 to play 1?

  2. I’d really like to see this guy have a great season for 2 reasons.

    1. It would certainly help the Hokies if he had a great season (duh)
    2. Maybe some recruits would look at it and say “wow….he didn’t do much at Ohio State, but once VT’s coaches got a hold of him, he exploded. Maybe VT is better at getting the best out of their players than Ohio State is.

    1. This kid had everybody at Ohio State excited when he came in. He had a really bad break (around his ankle I think) and the healing process has taken a while, to a point that the staff is more focused on the younger kids who will be there for 2-3 seasons. Guy in my office is a huge OSU fan and he still talks about what a great potential Clark has. If the track numbers are back to where he was, and he has fully healed, we a catching a potential star for at least a year. It isn’t that OSU missed on this kid though… just a very unfortunate set of circumstances.

    1. Experts may say he’s fast but 10.68 (is that meters or yards?) does not seem that fast to me. Am I missing something? Please translate to 40 yard dash. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate getting an OSU transfer, and I’ll trust Coach Fuente’s judgment, but 10.68 does not seem that fast to me…go ahead, lob the holy hand granade at me, but someone needs to help me understand how fast this guy is.

      1. Don’t forget: Ohio State has a different measuring system. Actually, that 10.68 is for 100 zeters. One zeter is 1/1,760.17 miles. You could call OSU, or look it up!

      2. I’m no expert (and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express) but I did a little searching on Google and found Deion Sanders ran the 100m in 10.26. Adrian Petersen in 10.56. Darren Sproles in 10.6. Devin Hester in 10.62. Chris Johnson in 10.66 Vernon Davis in 10.7. Terrell Owens in 10.74. Those were non wind-assisted bests for these athletes (some were run in HS). For Owens, he was also hand-timed at 10.5.

        So he’s a hair slower than Chris Johnson and a hare faster than Vernon Davis. ; )

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