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Ohio State hired another new defensive end on Wednesday.

LaAlan Clark, who was Southern University’s defensive ends coach last season, officially joined the Buckeyes as a defensive line graduate assistant on Wednesday.

A former defensive end at Grambling State and Northwestern State, Clark began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Prairie View A&M in 2019.

In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Clark also coaches professional football players as a pass rush specialist. Clark worked with more than 50 defensive backs who were active in the NFL last season, including some of the league’s best defensive linemen such as Jeffery Simmons, Daniel Hunter and Ed Oliver.

Clark’s hiring marks the second straight year Ohio State has hired a graduate defensive assistant with experience working with NFL players as a private trainer. Cam Spence, who spent the 2022 season at Ohio State working alongside Larry Johnson, brings a similar background to the Buckeyes.

Clark is the second new graduate assistant to join Ohio State on the defensive side of the ball this offseason, joining former Buckeye quarterback James Laurinaitis who will work with the linebackers. Mike Solen returns to Ohio State for a second year as the Buckeyes’ graduate assistant on the offensive line, leaving one open spot for a graduate assistant on offense following the departure of Keegan O’Hara, who left the Buckeyes last week to become an offensive lineman. analyst at Minnesota after working with Ohio State’s wide receivers last year.


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