The Hokies added another wide receiver to the roster on Thursday, as Ohio State graduate transfer James Clark announced that he will play at Virginia Tech next fall.
Virginia Tech lost two out of their top three receivers to the NFL from the 2016-17 roster, with Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges moving on to the NFL. While the Hokies are returning Cam Phillips, C.J. Carroll, and Chris Cunningham as pass catchers heading into the fall, the offense was still in need of additional veteran receivers on the roster for next season.
On Thursday evening, the coaching staff found their guy to add to the depth outside, as Ohio State graduate transfer James Clark agreed to join the Hokies for his final season of eligibility. The news of Clark’s transfer was first reported by The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
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Clark is a former 4-star recruit, rated as a top 200 prospect by every major recruiting service in the Class of 2013. He has battled injuries throughout the majority of his college career, recording only six receptions for 47 yards in his four seasons at Ohio State. All six of those catches came this past season with the Buckeyes.
The 5’10”, 185 lbs. Clark will be eligible to play immediately, and should join C.J. Carroll in the slot to bolster the Virginia Tech receiving corps heading into the 2017-18 season. His speed and athleticism should fit well in the Hokies’ up-tempo offense, which he spoke about in a discussion with The Daytona Beach News-Journal when discussing his transfer decision.
"“You can see the production they have out of their receivers. As a team, they went to the ACC Championship last season, and they know how to get their playmakers the ball. Watching film and seeing all the different ways they get the ball to the receivers, it’s hard to say no to that.”—James Clark"
Clark will join the Hokies on campus in this summer after his graduation from Ohio State. where he will receive a bachelors degree in finance. He will enroll in the Pamplin College of Business for graduate school when he arrives in Blacksburg in late May.