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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/23 - Chris Clark offered, Bates-Diop, Tate continue hot starts

The Buckeyes offered a very talented class of 2015 tight end and Thad Matta had some recruits shine on the court Friday. Find out all that and more Ohio State recruiting news from over the weekend.

Chris Clark is the latest class of 2015 prospect to be offered by the Buckeyes.
Chris Clark is the latest class of 2015 prospect to be offered by the Buckeyes.


When it comes to the 2015 class, the East Coast has quite a few prospects currently holding offers from the Buckeyes. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez and defensive lineman Christian Wilkins are just a few of the recruits that find themselves on the Buckeyes' big board.

On Friday evening, the Buckeyes football coaching staff started the weekend off by offering another East Coast prospect – and one of the top tight ends in the entire class of 2015. Chris Clark, a 6-5 240 pound, three star prospect, became the latest prospect to earn a scholarship offer from Ohio State. Last season as a junior, Clark had over 400 receiving yards and four touchdowns for Avon Old Farms in Connecticut.

Ohio State isn't the only program keeping a watchful eye on, Chris. Boston College,Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina State and Texas Tech, are just a few of the other teams to send out a scholarship to the 17th top tight end in the 2015 class, according to our friends over at 247Sports.

Our Miles Joseph caught up with Clark, and had him break down how to he found out about his offer from the Bucks and more:

"I got a Facebook message from Mark Pantoni this morning telling me that he really liked my tape and was trying to get Coach Hinton to take a look at it, but he was in practice at the time. I got a message later in the day from Pantoni telling me to call Coach Hinton. Coach Hinton told me that he really liked my tape and told me I was just what they were looking for at the tight end position. He said they really wanted a good tight end in the 2015 class, because they probably weren't taking one in the 2014 class. Then he offered me."

To see what else Chris Clark had to say about Ohio State and his recruitment, check out the rest of Miles' interview with him here.

Future Buckeye forward Keita Bates-Diop was back in action on Friday with his University High (IL) teammates. The Pioneers took on Pontiac and had little trouble running away with their tenth victory of the season, winning the match up by a commanding final score of 101-45. The long armed, 6-7, Bates-Diop led the way for U-High, finishing the game with 18 points, in the win.

Here are highlights of Keita in action from this season:

Jae'Sean Tate and Pickerington Central were also back on the court Friday. Like Bates-Diop, Tate had himself a pretty stellar contest. The 6-5 wing pitched in 27 points to lead the Tigers to a 83-64 victory over Ohio Capital Conference foe, Grove City. Other players to stand out on the night for the now 5-1 Tigers, was Rodney Culver who scored 17 points and Arkansas State signee, Connor Kern who put up eight points against the Dawgs.

Garfield Heights and Dave Bell also played Friday. The 6-10 future Buckeye big man might not have had his best game stat wise, finishing with only six points but the Bulldogs got the win, defeating Collinwood, 93-51. Class of 2016 wing, Willie Jackson scored 28 points to pace the Garfield Heights victory.


  • 2014 Michigan wide receiver Corey Lacanaria committed to Ball State over the weekend. The 5-9 play maker held a preferred walk-on offer from the Buckeyes and recently told Land-Grant Holy Land that he was planning on visiting Ohio State in January. After months of keeping a close eye on Corey, Ball State was the first Division 1 program to offer a full ride scholarship to Corey.
  • Miles Joseph caught up with Georgia class of 2016 offensive lineman E.J. Price, who was recently offered by the Buckeyes. See what the talented sophomore had to say about it and more here.