Hey Buckeye Nation, guess what? We have just over two weeks to go until the boys of fall return to The Shoe! With the return of many familiar faces this year there also comes quite a few new faces. One of those new faces looking to make an Instant Impact is freshman wide receiver James Clark from New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Clark was a late addition to the Buckeyes recruiting class, but that’s the last time I expect him to be late for anything again. Why you ask? Because of his speed. Clark has been clocked running the 40 yard dash in 4.38 seconds and the 100 meter dash in 10.43 seconds. We’ve heard Coach Urban Meyer say that he wanted more speed on the field in 2013 and Clark definitely provides it.
The question is where will Clark make an instant impact? With a receiving corp. comprised of returning starters Corey “Philly” Brown and Devin Smith along with new comer Corey Smith playing time will be hard to come by right away for Clark. Although If Clark does get an opportunity at wide receiver this year, look for him to have a similar role as Percy Harvin when he was in Urban’s offense at Florida. That type of player would greatly improve Braxton Millers passing game.
Although Clark more than likely won’t see a whole lot of playing time on offense this year, but you can bet that Coach Meyer will still find a way to utilize his speed on special teams. As a return man Clark will have the best opportunity to make an instant impact on the field this year. His speed makes him a constant threat to take kicks to the house every time he gets the football in his hands. That is something the Buckeyes have been missing since the days of Ted Ginn Jr.
It is entirely possible that Clark sees no action this year at all, but if he doesn’t I fully expect him to make an impact with next year’s offense especially if XBRAX 360 returns.