'That's the kind of school you dream of'

Any recruiting fan has been able to see the rise of four-star tight end Chris Clark of late, adding offers seemingly by the day. On Tuesday, Alabama came calling for one of the best in the country, and even with the amount of offers he has to his name, the Crimson Tide offer made a big impression.

Avon (Conn.) Old Farms High School isn't known as a football factory, but it's one of the most popular schools in the class of 2015 cycle as long as Chris Clark is there.

The junior tight end, who checks in at 6-foot-6, 247 pounds, added verbal scholarship offer No. 33 from the Alabama Crimson Tide on Tuesday.

"Right now I have 33, I keep track, it's just fun," he said. "Every offer is a great feeling, they're all great opportunities to play college football, which is what I wanted to do my whole life."

The latest offer felt slightly different for the four-star prospect, however.

"I talked to Coach [Lane] Kiffin today; I will talk to Coach [Nick] Saban tomorrow," Clark said. "He (Kiffin) said he saw my tape late last night and brought it to the other coaches like, ‘have you seen this guy?' They talked about me, showed Coach Saban and the staff and they wanted to give me a call because I'm an elite player in 2015.

"Alabama is a premiere program in college football, I'm really excited about the offer."

Admittedly not in contact frequently with the Alabama staff, the news surprised him to a certain degree. The phone conversation with Kiffin opened Clark's eyes a bit more toward the potential future of Alabama football with him running the offense.

"He was saying that they're really going to push the offense and the tight end is something they really want to use more," he said. "Obviously they have a great one now in (freshman) O.J. Howard, who is probably going to be the best in the country. When he declares for the draft after his junior year, he's definitely going to be the first tight end taken, that kid's a freak.

"But he was saying they want tight ends that can do different things like a hybrid, that can block, catch, so it's something I can do very well. That's something really intriguing; it fits my style of play."

Clark spoke to Kiffin on Tuesday, will talk to Saban on Wednesday.

Locking in his first Tuscaloosa visit for the team's spring game on April 19, the junior came away with a positive impression of Kiffin.

"He seems like a guy that has a great passion for football, he seems like an awesome mentor for the game," Clark said. "A coach I would really like to play for, he has an idea of what he likes to do at Alabama and at my position going forward.

"He seems like an awesome guy, can't wait to meet him."

Though he'll see schools like Maryland next Friday, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame during what will be a busy month of March, Clark has his eyes on Tuscaloosa.

"I like all the schools, but Alabama has definitely jumped to the top of the list," he said. "It's Alabama, I know I'm a Jersey guy and I go to school in Connecticut, so Alabama football isn't big around here, but when you watch college football that's the kind of school you dream of.

"I wanted the chance to play for Alabama, now that I do, it's going to be tough and I have to figure things out, but it's a school I have high interest in."

With so many schools on the offer list and time between now and making a commitment, Clark doesn't have a set plan for the recruiting process.

"I just got the invite to the Under Armour All-America game, which I'll be playing at, so I'm still trying to figure that out," he said. "I could wait until that game and commit on TV, which would be cool, or I could get it out of the way sooner. A lot can happen."

Without a group of favorites or leaders at this point, considering he has so many planned trips, each can create movement on his list depending on how they go. His criteria for picking one school over 30-plus others relies on some of the knowledge gained on campus.

"It's going to be how I fit in the offense, how they use the tight end, I want to have a good coaching staff I can relate to and I want to see how I fit with the kids on the team and how that team recruits," he said. "I want to see how I fit in on these visits on campus. If I get hurt, I want to see if I can just go to the school and enjoy my time."

Clark is considered the No. 3 tight end prospect in the class of 2015 on Scout.com.

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