Ohio State had some recruiting fireworks even before Sunday's senior advanced camp got under way.
(Md.) Tuscarora cornerback Dominic Clarke spent the weekend in Columbus
on an unofficial visit. Before leaving town on Sunday, Clarke told the
OSU coaches he was ready to commit to the Buckeyes.
"I did it
because of the tradition," Clarke said. "It can help me to elevate my
game. To be the best, you have to play against the best. I don't see
playing time as a problem there. I am confident in my abilities."
picked the Buckeyes over Virginia and at least seven other schools that
had offered, including Stanford, Vanderbilt, Navy, Boston College and
"I love Ohio State's tradition," he said. "I want to win and Ohio State wins."
had just extended Clarke an offer in mid-May. He and his family members
drove out from Maryland on Friday to check out the school.
took an academic tour yesterday," Clarke said. "The academic tour was
amazing. I also met the strength and conditioning coach (Eric Lichter)
and I liked him a lot.
"They were having the camp there today,
but I did not participate in the camp. I committed this morning before
leaving to come home. I plan on coming back for (the second senior
camp) on June 20."
As a junior, Clarke played at running back
(837 yards, five touchdowns) and also at corner on defense (38 tackles,
He qualified for the Maryland Class 3A
state track meet in three events. He finished seventh in the 400-meter
state finals in 50.0 seconds. His 4x200 relay team finished 10th. He
also qualified for the state meet in the 200, but missed the finals
after finishing in 22.36 seconds in the prelims.
He has a listed 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds and boasts a 36-inch vertical leap. Clarke also said he has a 4.0 core GPA.
joins Clayton (Ohio) Northmont's C.J. Barnett as corners in this 2009
class. In some respects, he replaces Maryland standout Darrell Givens,
a corner prospect who originally committed to OSU before switching his
verbal to Penn State last month.