Toledo has taken their summer camp show on the road this week, as the Rocket staff will hold camps in several cities in Ohio throughout the week. They were in Massillon Tuesday night, and several top prospects were in attendance.
One of the youngest was Massillon freshman quarterback Danny Clark, who has been a Youtube sensation once his seventh and eighth grade highlight videos were posted.
Clark, 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, went through all the drills under the tutelage of Toledo quarterbacks coach Scott Isphording, and performed quite well. He showed a live arm and responded well to coaching.
"It was great working with the Toledo coaches, and I learned a lot tonight," Clark stated. "I was down to Ohio State a few weeks ago for their camp, which was awesome to be able to learn from these great coaches. It was fun to be able to compete with these older players, and I loved it."
"The college coaches all tell me to keep working hard and they like my potential to get better," he added. "They give me some tips that can help me get better, mostly about mechanics. I throw the deep ball pretty well, but I have a tendency to drop the football throwing the intermediate routes, so I need to be aware of that."
It would be rare to see a freshman starting at quarterback for Massillon, but Clark has put himself in the mix and will have the opportunity to earn the job this fall.
"They have moved me up to varsity and I'm competing with three other quarterbacks," he explained. "It's exciting to have the opportunity, and I was ecstatic when Coach (Jason) Hall moved me up to the varsity. I'm going to do my best to compete for the job."
After watching Clark work out, it's hard to believe he was sitting in an eighth-grade math class two weeks ago. He has the size, athleticism and arm strength needed to compete at a high level. He is definitely a prospect of note in the class of 2017, and a player worth following over the next four years.