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Are you serious, Clark?
It’s been a fairly rough few months – at least from the outside looking in – for Ohio State 2017 commitment Danny Clark. The Buckeyes added a second quarterback (Tate Martell) to his recruiting class (he did start it way back in December of 2013, after all) and Clark been kind of overlooked all summer as his peers competed in the Rivals 5-Star Challenge, the Elite 11, The Opening and more. All the while, Clark has done what Clark has always done: worked harder than he did the day before.
During a Friday morning scrimmage at Akron Archbishop Hoban, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback led his team in a rematch of last December’s Division 2 state championship game against Toledo Central Catholic and looked very sharp. This morning’s performance, after a great performance at Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights in late July, means that Clark is continuing a quiet, but hot, summer. Scout.com’s Bill Greene was in attendance and was very impressed by Clark, though exact numbers aren’t yet available.
“I filmed every play,” Greene told Landof10. “I would have to go and tab the stats, because I’m just downloading now, but he was very very good.”
What stood out? Clark’s comfort and ease in the pocket, two areas where he’s been kind of picked apart in the past.
— Matt Goul (@mgoul) August 12, 2016
“He had complete command of the position. No hesitation. No happy feet. Went through his reads. No mistakes,” Greene said. “His accuracy was A+. There were no high sailers, no throws behind wide receivers. Everything on the money. He also showed better touch than before and really gunned the outs, he floated deep balls where they needed to be. He played the position as well as it could be played against a darn good defense.”
That’s back-to-back performances where Clark has excelled and Greene – one of the Midwest’s more respected talent evaluators – pointed out that the two outings where in two very different arenas.
“He’s been really good in my mind the past two times I’ve seen him. Really good,” Greene added. “Friday Night Lights was the best I’ve seen him in a camp setting. Today was his best against live competition.”
Okudah earns preseason honors
It’s not exactly a surprise, but it’s a well-deserved honor nonetheless for Grand Prairie (Texas) 5-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who was tabbed preseason area Player of the Year by the Dallas News.
Why? Versatility, sure. But just a whole heck of a lot of talent.
Okudah could make an all-area team in any number of ways, considering he’ll also line up as a receiver and running back and return kicks. But he was an all-district selection last season for his defensive play, and that’s what makes him SportsDay’s top overall recruit in the Class of 2017.
Ohio State has been the leader for Okudah, 6 feet 2 and 190 pounds, and they’re hoping that he’ll bring that talent and versatility to Columbus next season.
Okudah often plays safety in South Grand Prairie’s defense, but he has the quickness and agility to cover anyone one-on-one. He’s a shutdown cornerback when he lines up there, and opposing offenses know to stay away from his side.
Just how Greg Schiano, Kerry Coombs and Urban Meyer want their defensive backs.
Dobbs talks Buckeyes visit
It’s been a good few weeks for Belleville (Mich.) 2019 two-way lineman Devontae Dobbs. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound rising sophomore camped at Ohio State for Friday Night Lights and earned a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes immediately after. Last weekend, he visited Ann Arbor for the Wolverines “BBQ at the Big House” and picked up an offer from Michigan following that visit. Now with 12 offers – including Auburn, Michigan State, Penn State, and Florida – Dobbs has established himself as one of the country’s best 2019 prospects.
After a busy summer, he’s ready to help his Belleville Tigers take their next step – toward a state playoff run – and to start narrowing schools in what’s going to be a hectic few years on the recruiting trail. He is not, however, trying to spend too much time breaking down Ohio State and Michigan. Yet. He’s too busy working on creating relationships, not comparisons.
“Things are going really good,” Dobbs said about his recruitment. “Since I’m young, I really have been showing up to get to know the coaches and have a good time. I can’t compare the schools, yet. I’m just blessed to have all my offers. I’m not ready to compare or discriminate.”
What Dobbs can do is speak about what his visit to Ohio State – who views him as an offensive lineman in college – did for him and what he’s hoping it allows him to take back to Belleville.
“(Offensive line coach Greg) Studrawa was great,” Dobbs said. “He’s a really funny guy. I think they offered me because of the way I compete and my chalk talk, how I watch film. I really like Ohio State’s energy. Energy can take you a long way and it helps, especially during practice, because it gives you that extra enthusiasm.”
The country’s top-ranked offensive tackle – who is being recruited by Michigan as a defensive tackle – told Landof10 that right now he’s not sure where he ends, positionally, in college. So advantage? No one.
“Right now, I’m not sure where I’ll play in college,” he said. “We’ll see about all that later on.”
Scary night for Richard LeCounte
He’s a Georgia commitment, but Richard LeCounte is without question one of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of writing about in my time covering recruiting. Thursday night, the country’s top-ranked 2017 safety had a major scare during Liberty County’s (Hinesville, Ga.) scrimmage when he took a knee to the head.
— Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) August 12, 2016
LeCounte, who may very well be a Buckeyes commitment if Georgia had not made a coaching change last December, was stabilized and taken off the field in an ambulance, but gave a positive sign to the crowd before departing.
— Stefanie Frerotte (@SFrerotteWJCL) August 11, 2016
Speaking to one source at Liberty County, it sounds like everything will be fine for LeCounte.
“He’s doing good,” the source said. “He came to school today for a half day. We don’t play our first game until Aug. 26 so I would think he should be good to go unless the symptoms linger.”
That doesn’t mean the side effects of the hit aren’t going to worry people.
“It was really scary,” the source continued. “He was out for a while.”
From your friends at Landof10.com, we’re glad you’re OK, Rich.