Iowa Assistant D.J. Hernandez discussed his school's s success at tight end with Chris Clark. He talked about Dallas Clark, Scott Chandler, Brandon Myers and other former Hawkeyes who've gone on to NFL success.
As it turned out, the exercise proved unnecessary. Clark already was familiar with Iowa's background at his position.
"It's just one of those things. When you think of Iowa, you think of good tight ends," Clark said. "I don't know why. I thought that before I ever talked to Coach Hernandez. I've always known they are solid at that position.
"I saw what C.J. Fiedorowicz did this year. He's going to be a great NFL tight end. They've had a lot of them. I know about Dallas Clark. I watched an HBO special with him in it. He went to Iowa as a linebacker and converted to a tight end and ended up being unbelievable."
Chris Clark could end up being next in line with the Hawkeyes.
"I have a good relationship with Coach Hernandez," the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Clark said. "I like what they're about with the tight end position. It's definitely one of my favorites in terms of schools.
"I'm just trying to figure out how I can get it into my plans to get out there in March. If it's not March, it's definitely going to be June."
Plenty of other schools will be battling Iowa for Clark's services. A Scout.com four star ranked the No. 4 tight end in 2015, the Old Farms (Avon, CT) High product reports 27 scholarship offers,. They include Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia.
"I'm going to take a bunch of visits next month," Clark said. "I'm taking a trip down to UNC, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Maryland in March."
Clark hopes to narrow down his options during the next six months.
"I'm definitely going to commit in the summer time," he said. "I just don't want to drag it out because the recruiting process is a little stressful. I'm enjoying it because you only go through it once, but I can't say when it's over I'm going to miss it. I would like to pick a school before my season starts."
Clark seeks a college where he meshes with the players and coaches. The system will need to suit him.
"I want to play in an offense that features the tight end," Clark said. "I like to play with my hand in the dirt, but I'm a versatile tight end. I like splitting out. I really like being a big part of the offense. I'm looking at schools that have featured the tight end in the past and continue to do that."
Clark isn't concerned with the location of his future school. He's considering a major in sports management but is open to other possibilities.
Clark reports recording a 4.7-second, 40-yard dash at a camp last summer.
"We run a spread offense and I play out of the slot a lot," he said. "I play a little H-Back. I wish I could have a college offense just like it because I love playing in our offense."
Clark comes from an athletic family. His brother, Matt Clark, plays lacrosse at Drexel and their sister, Alex, the same sport at Fairfield.