Massillon Freshman QB Danny Clark Commits to Play Football for Ohio State

By Jordan Wagner on December 13, 2013 at 5:35p

The Gray Box comes a little bit earlier than expected for 2017 quarterback Danny Clark. Ohio State offered the Massillon freshman quarterback, and he immediately accepted.'s Bill Greene was the first to report the news. His commitment should come as no surprise, since he has previously told Eleven Warriors that he planned to commit to Ohio State on the spot.

Clark made headlines after being named the starting QB at Ohio powerhouse Massillon High School. He was the first freshman to ever start for the Tigers, while leading them into the playoffs. Due to being a freshman, he is not yet rated by any of the services. The pro-style quarterback reports a 4.8 forty time.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 205 pound commit cannot yet drive a car, but that didn't stop Urban Meyer from offering.

"We're still freaking out," Clark said, in a text to 11W. "But he said he loved me on film and I was the right guy for the job.​"

Highlights? Here's film of the freshman phenom in action for Massillon.


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otrain2416's picture

Happy 5 Star Friday

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

betiobuckeye's picture

Wow that's pretty awesome but I didn't really expect this till after his sophomore season or later. Must be pretty nice knowing you have a scholarship to a great university when your only a freshman in high school. 

cinserious's picture

Hooray for danny! How about a new gray box every year for the next 4 yrs for this young Buck!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Congrats Danny! Now get to work! Time to start helping OSU recruit who you're going to be throwing to.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

unknownmusketeer's picture

Let your arm be your biggest recruiting pitch.

Geraffi's picture

My favorite gif. 

ODEEZ330's picture

Stark county boys stand up!!!! Birthplace of football. Egw and danny.holding the buckeyes down in stark. Love it

stark county football

otrain2416's picture

Its all about the 330

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

jvd253's picture

Very cool.  My first two thoughts: looks like he throws a pretty sharp deep ball.   Second, it'd be a-ok with me if he turns out as well as the last lefty QB at OSU (Joe G. was the last lefty, right?)
Edit: crap.  Forgot about Bellisari.   I guess that's a good thing?  

"A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

dancorona5's picture

I gotta say, he's got the first name of a winner.

DannyBeane's picture

This is true. People with that first name tend to be legendary.

BucksfanXC's picture

First freshamen starting QB ever for the Tigers?! Wow.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Seattle Linga's picture

WHERE are my dancing CAMERAMEN ?

dwcbuckeye's picture

Great news.  I really liked the nice touch he can put on the ball when it is called for.  I would like to see a little more of this from Brax next year

BassDropper's picture

Staff: I know it's early, but how does Danny project at the next level? Is he more duel threat? Pocket? I read that he ran a 4.8, which will only get better (maybe 4.5 or 4.6ish). Is he more Terrelle Pryor or Joe Germaine?


Seattle Linga's picture

TTUN................starting to waive the white flags 
Apparently Meyer is the best closer and opener in college football recruiting !!

alust2013's picture

The post said pro-style, but I bet he can move well enough.

...and Michigan still sucks.

hit_the_couch's picture

I think Massilon runs a pass heavy O, but that doesn't mean he can't be a spread option guy.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Buckabroad's picture

I am really happy to see you join the good guys, Danny! I think your career at OSU is going to be something special.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Mr.SaulGoodman's picture

6'54 205...good lord this is why I play arm chair QB 

NCAA Violations? Better Call Saul

daytonbuckeye's picture

6'54"? Man, he's tall.

3 85 yards and a cloud of dust.

Nick's picture

Pro style QB should be interesting 

FROMTHE18's picture

runs a 4.8 40, could drop that to a 4.7 with training and push to the 4.6's over the next few years. he fits just fine.

Buckeyejason's picture

If they're listing 4.8 it's more than likey 4.9-5.0.


Dongbrake44's picture

Awesome Pick up!!!
As far as his gloves' block O...


route4buckeye's picture

Fuck yeah. Dixon tomorrow and Kwon Monday.

Joe4's picture

Wow, this is super exciting!

skid21's picture

This kid is 15. Wow. I LOVE the commitment but I somehow feel odd with being excited about a 15 year old doing anything.

njclebuckeye5's picture

me too. and im 20. i dont like this.

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

GV9's picture

I like it a lot!  The kid is ALL Buckeye and he knows where he wants to be after three more years.  Gotta love that kind of maturity, focus, and direction.   
Buckeye Nation is getting a good one but we'll have to be a little patient first.  
Welcome Aboard Danny!  

njclebuckeye5's picture

lol sorry I love the commitment. I meant I dont like being older than a 15 year old.

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

skid21's picture

Every Buckeye fan will love a kid with Danny's potential having the passion to be a Buckeye.  But saying you love the "maturity" of a 15 year old? What does that even mean?

GV9's picture

It means exactly what I said.  Not all 15 year olds are equally mature.  Some are still caught up in more childish pursuits, blow with the winds of whatever is around them, are only about themselves, have no self-discipline or ambition, are only interested in satisfying their immediate (mostly shallow) appetites, have a very limited ability to take a longer view of life, etc.   Other 15 year olds are mature enough to rise above a lot of that while still being normal, healthy teenagers and are planning, looking forward to what happens down the road, and preparing for the future.  Danny Clark strikes me as the latter which is why I used the word "mature."  Still have a problem with it?  People who are DV-ing me for my comment have the opposite problem; a lack of maturity.  

Adam21's picture

As a jr. high teacher and a high school basketball coach, I couldn't agree more with this statement.

UrbanPirate's picture

Agreed, I mean I always love waking up to a new commit... But I'm not sure I understand the point in offering so early? Especially in this case when the kid seems so obviously all in for the Bucks! Aside from the stated concern of other schools being able to use this against us in recruiting, what if this kid doesn't end up developing? I've never seen anything on him before this, so obviously I'm just speaking generally, but there are hoards of 5 star prep players during their SR year who don't work out-let alone freshman! Again, I wish this kid all the success in the world-but why offer so soon?

Just... Go Bucks.


biggy84's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye family!!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

This is very good news!!  Bodes well for the future! Congrats Danny!! Love it!!
Go Bucks!!

BassDropper's picture

This kid already gets it.


BassDropper's picture

I just realized how old I will be when he takes his first snap. I am now depressed. 


Buckeye419er's picture

Yea you and me both.. you and me both

There can be only one

Timmeh's picture

Yeah I played against Zwick in high school...

WezBuck28's picture

I played against Ci Grant twice..I'm sure I misspelled his name..

buckeyedude's picture

I played against Art Schlicter in high school...



Mix's picture

I ran track against Ted Ginn Jr in high school. Ouch.


Geraffi's picture

Welcome and congratulations, Danny. 

Timmeh's picture

Welcome Danny!!!

sharks's picture

Planning on firing this one up a few more times in the next couple days.

A man got to have a code...

shadybuck's picture

Best GIF ever! i was thinking of posting this one myself, I'd up-arrow it 10 times if i could
Oh and welcome Danny! DEAL WITH IT other FBS schools A - Z

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Nice ... have to lock up top tier in state talent

Yeti's have feelings too.

theDuke's picture

I need more sunglasses because the future is so bright in columbus. 


Buckeyejason's picture

Offering a freshman? huh....
Why do I feel like this wont be a good decision in 3-4 years?


703Buckeye's picture

Trust in UFM... all will be good.
Not to mention, it already looks like Clark throws a better deep ball than Brax.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

BoFuquel's picture

Welcome aboard Danny. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Buckeyejason's picture

Kid is huge. Great footwork and mechanics already with a cannon of an arm.


KingsRite's picture

Ah yeah Boyz!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

ODEEZ330's picture

He could be the number one player in his class. Size skills good head on his shoulders. Kid has it all.

stark county football

Nick's picture

Doubt it, unless he camps a lot. Most kids that commit early, especially this early won't be highly ranked because they don't go through the full recruitment process. 

BucksFan2000's picture

According to rumors, Massillon is going to get a big transfer next year.  If he's attracting kids to his high school, will the same happen for OSU?  Will receivers jump on board in a few years?  Impressive highlight real - hard to believe he's a freshman.

703Buckeye's picture

Do you know what position the potential transfer plays?

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

BucksFan2000's picture

No, but likely a Stark county school.  Sorry, don't know more than that.

buckeyedude's picture

I heard it from a reliable source that Danny is going to announce that he's going to forgo his last three years of high school and join the Buckeyes early...



wyatt's picture

So Friday the 13th isn't all bad after all. Nice to see a recruit so eager to play for the Buckeyes, with so many waiting until the last second.  Welcome to Buckeye Land.

Rapping Bum's picture

Paul Brown is smiling.
Maybe he will be on the Browns in 7-8 years.

Help is on the way.

Nkohl13's picture

I wouldn't wish that upon my worst enemy.

alust2013's picture

Love that the kid is already so excited about being a Buckeye. 

...and Michigan still sucks.

Squirrel Master's picture

I love how everyone is excited about his deep ball.

I'm excited he can hit a slant (very well too), has a tight quick release and leads the receiver away from the defender. Now he does take risks throwing into tight coverage but with his arm, I think I can live with that.

I see him as a guy who can run but plays more like Bridgewater and Winston. Has a lot to Learn still but damn I can't imagine what he will be like in 4 years. Freshman be damned, baring injury he is a budding star!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

rkylet83's picture

Am I the only one bothered that they gave him some crappy gloves.

pcuzz1's picture

That was bothering me too. But I think it is the way he is holding his hands. I think he needs to cross his hanfs over more. If that makes sense.

pat cozzens

703Buckeye's picture

His fingers are supposed to cross more, the gloves are ok.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

skid21's picture

Am I the only one bothered that they gave him some crappy gloves.


Bucksfan's picture

Have a seat, Danny.

btalbert25's picture

Cool that he has committed, but there is so long to go before he can play that I"m not getting to wound up about it yet.  There is a LONG LONG way to go before 2017

skid21's picture

My 13 year old daughter is in love. Seriously. He is the new heart throb for local tweeners.

Joeyfbank's picture

No one in their right mind should get excited about a FRESHMAN signing 


Jack Burton's picture

Artie approves!

It's all in the reflexes - Me

rkylet83's picture

After watching his highlights he reminds me a bit of Winston @ FSU.  Great touch and ball placement.  Its pretty scary he's just a freshman...

Jordan Wagner's picture

I imagine Danny Clark will be a big part of future recruiting for Ohio State. I think he will be the leader of the class (perhaps other classes, as well) trying to attract the top talent to Columbus. 

hit_the_couch's picture

I remember what happened the last time tOSU got a highly touted QB from Massilon; I hope this kid works out when he arrives on campus.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!