It might be Christmas Eve, but that doesn't mean the work ever stops for Ohio State and their coaching staff. On Monday, the Buckeyes offered yet another recruit in the class of 2015. OT Austin Clark of Virginia was given a scholarship offer yesterday, but has already been on a visit to Columbus beforehand. Clark made his first unofficial visit to Ohio State for the Penn State game on October 26th. The Buckeyes are the latest to offer the 6'6, 280-pound offensive tackle, but Clark has plenty of top programs in pursuit of his talents, including: North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia among others.
While Clark hasn't mentioned any favorites as of yet, I think sticking with the home state school (Virginia Tech) might have the best chance for right now. Since the Hokies have been the main recruiters so far, they got an early head start, but schools will certainly have an opportunity to catch up.
Land-Grant Holy Land's very own Charles Doss caught up with Clark to get his thoughts about the offer:
I gave Coach Warinner a call and we talked for a while and he asked me where Ohio State was on my list. I told him that I liked Ohio State a lot and that they are very high on my list. After that, he gave me the offer. Coach (Zach) Smith and Coach Warinner are the two OSU coaches I talk to the most.
I didn't know what to say when he told me, but I was really excited and honored. When I think of Ohio State, the first thing I think of is my first time at the 'Shoe. It was an amazing experience. Coach Meyer is obviously an amazing coach, and his record pretty much says it all.
'14 OT Marcelys Jones is one day away from his one-year anniversary of committing to Ohio State. Jones famously gave the Buckeyes a Christmas present by giving his verbal pledge this time last year. Since that time, though, things have become a bit interesting when it comes to his recruiting. As Coach Meyer and his staff pursue his teammates ('14 ATH Marshon Lattimore and '14 S Erick Smith), they may want to make sure to keep a tight grip on Jones.
Rumors have swirled for quite some time that Jones may not end up becoming a Buckeye by the time National Signing Day comes around, and could potentially flip to Kentucky. In fact, four members of the 247 Crystal Ball have predicted a flip to Kentucky recently.
If it helps assuage any fears of Jones flipping and decommitting from Ohio State, I'm still confident (as is most of the staff here) that Jones will still end up in the scarlet and gray, along with his high school teammates in Lattimore and Smith. There's always a chance that Jones could end up going to Kentucky, but I'm not overly concerned about it, as I believe that Coach Meyer and his staff have done an excellent job making sure Jones knows his worth to the program and getting him to help recruit his teammates.