High school freshman verbally commits to Ohio State

If Braxton Miller chooses to skip his senior year and enter the 2014 NFL draft, Urban Meyer will need to find his next starting quarterback this spring.

But before he sees what sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett can do, the head coach of the Buckeyes already appears to have his quarterback of the distant future thanks to Friday’s verbal commitment of Danny Clark from storied Massillon Washington High School in northeast Ohio.

How distant? How about 2017 — that’s the earliest Clark could take a snap for the Buckeyes because he is only a high school freshman at this point in time.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Bill Greene broke the news of the commitment, but perhaps only the timing of Ohio State’s offer was a surprise — at least if his Twitter feed is any indication.

According to Greene, Meyer made the unusually early offer to Clark while the youngster attended the Buckeyes’ bowl practice Friday, and Clark accepted on the spot.

Clark, who led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and the second round of the Ohio High School Association playoffs, passed for 17 touchdowns and over 1,600 yards as a freshman starter this fall.

He is the second player from Massillon Washington to commit to Meyer in the past three years, joining 2013 signee Gareon Conley, a four-star cornerback who redshirted this season.

As far as the future of the quarterback position at Ohio State, Jones and Barrett have three and four more years of eligibility remaining while Stephen Collier of Leesburg, Ga., is verbally committed for the Class of 2014.