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Former Ohio State WR James Clark enrolls at Virginia Tech as grad student

Former Ohio State WR James Clark enrolls at Virginia Tech as grad student

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James Clark

Virginia Tech's receiving corps got a boost Monday when James Clark, a wide receiver who played for Ohio State the last four years, officially enrolled at Virginia Tech as a graduate student.

As a grad transfer, Clark is immediately eligible and has one year to compete. He committed to the Hokies in March.

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The 5-foot-10, 186-pound Clark played in 28 games for the Buckeyes but never contributed much, beset by ankle and hamstring injuries during his career. He caught six passes for 47 yards last year.

He's got speed, however. Clark ran track at Ohio State and recently ran the lead leg for the Buckeyes' 4x100-meter relay team at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He finished ninth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 60-meter dash in 2016, finishing with a time of 6.87 seconds.

A native of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Clark was a four-star recruit in high school back in 2013, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. He had 87 career catches for 1,954 yards and 29 touchdowns at New Smyrna Beach High.

Though limited in game reps, he'll add some experience to a Hokies receiving corps in need of it. He's one of only two seniors at receiver for Virginia Tech, joining Cam Phillips, and one of only three who has played more than one year in the FBS, along with Phillips and junior C.J. Carroll.

He's the second wide receiver transfer to join the Hokies this offseason. Ball State's Damon Hazelton enrolled earlier this spring, but because he did so before earning his degree, he must sit out a year, per NCAA rules. He'll have three years to play three starting in 2018.

Contact Andy Bitter at andy.bitter@roanoke.com or 381-1676. Follow him on Twitter: @AndyBitterVT.

 

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