WARREN, Ohio -- Ohio State won't allow Maurice Clarett back
to appear before NFL scouts, but his former high school will.
Clarett will work out at Warren G. Harding High School next Thursday, said his agent Steve Feldman.
Feldman knows it will be a critical day for Clarett, who bombed
at the NFL combine in late February with times of 4.72 and 4.82
seconds in the 40-yard dash.
"He could have slipped completely out of the draft," Feldman
said. "He needs a good workout."
Clarett has changed his trainer and is doing less weightlifting
and more cardiovascular work, Feldman said.
Scouts from several teams plan to attend the workout, but
Feldman wouldn't say which ones. He also said he wouldn't rule out
another workout before the April 23-24 draft.
Ohio State excluded Clarett from participating in "pro day"
workouts with his former teammates earlier this month. Clarett
alienated himself with allegations that administrators and coaches
broke NCAA rules by arranging perks for players.
Harding coach Thom McDaniels however was willing to help his
"With all my heart I hope he has a great day," McDaniels said.
"In the absence of two years of college competition, it boils down
to what he does next Thursday in terms of what NFL scouts know
about him and how they think of him going into the draft."
Clarett set Ohio State freshman rushing and scoring records in
2002, leading the Buckeyes to their first national championship in
34 years. He was suspended before the next season for lying to NCAA
and university investigators and never played another college game.
He then sued the NFL for early admission to the league's draft
but, after an early victory in federal court, lost on appeal and
several subsequent appeals.