The week has been kind to three-star Argyle (Tex.) tight end prospect J.C. Chalk, a current Clemson commitment. He picked up offers from Texas A&M and Alabama, a pair of schools he has plenty of ties to being the grandson of former Aggie and Crimson Tide coach Gene Stallings.
“It’s exciting, it’s a really big blessing because of the names they are and because of the players they get at those schools,” he said. “But I’m really solid with Clemson. Me and my family felt it was the right fit, and the relationship with the coaching staff and their influences on your life.
“They know how solid I am. I re-emphasize it to them, so they don’t worry about it too much.”
While Dabo Swinney, who played under Stallings at Alabama, has little to worry about with Chalk as long as he’s at the helm of the Tiger program, the Crimson Tide is likely to have him on campus sometime this year.
“I haven’t been to Alabama yet; I’m trying to figure out if I’ll go to the spring game or a game in the fall,” he said. “I would like to meet all the coaches; I haven’t done that yet, only a few. I also always hear about how crazy their facilities are, so I’d love to see all that.
“If something were to happen with the coaching staff at Clemson, like if they were to leave, then one of those two (‘Bama/A&M) schools are probably where I would go.”
The man with connections to each of the programs, Stallings, has provided advice to Chalk about the recruiting process and how to find the right program for him.
“He tells me, when it comes to my decision, to go where I’m comfortable with and to not feel any pressure from anyone,” Chalk said. “Because at the end of the day, it’s your decision. Also, you want to go somewhere that if you get hurt your freshman year and cannot play anymore, that you would want to spend three years at.”
The Nick Saban offer came down Tuesday, and it featured a different element compared to others received in the process even with the champion coach not focusing on the three-star’s unique connection to the program.
“I called Coach Saban around three (o’clock) yesterday and he offered me,” Chalk said. “It’s a pretty big deal because a lot of the schools that offer you, you talk to the position coach or area coach, so it was a big honor. He likes how versatile I was, how I can spread out and create mismatch problems with linebackers. Also, that I can be on the line and block well.
“He didn’t ever bring it (Stallings) up, they had no clue that he was my grandpa until they decided they were going to offer me.”
Chalk is currently tabbed as the No. 18 tight end in the class of 2016 on Scout.