Maryland has dipped into Connecticut before for a tight end prospect, signing Andre Isaacs in 2013, and apparently the Terps could be looking to secure another in the 2015 class. Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.) tight end Chris Clark is firmly on the radar and could be closing in on a UMD offer.
"Coach Keith [Dudzinksi], who recruits my area, he's supposed to be coming up to my school and I know he likes me," said the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Clark. "I like [Dudzinksi], and I've been building a relationship with him on like Facebook and things. He really likes how athletic I am for my position, how I can run and catch, and my blocking too."
Clark has actually been down to College Park, Md., once before. He attended a camp during the summer and did enough to draw the eye of the Terps' staff.
"I had a really good time down there the last time, even though I had to leave early," Clark said. "But I still know it's a really nice college town and a sick campus. One of my good friends from Avon is actually going there for lacrosse too, so that's kind of cool. I definitely want to get back down there to see the school again."
Maryland, though, is only one of many schools Clark is considering. He already holds early offers from Boston College, Syracuse, N.C. State and Pittsburgh, while programs such as Georgia, Indiana, Penn State, Rutgers and Notre Dame have been in touch as well.
Clark was just at the Pittsburgh-Miami game Nov. 29 and came with a high opinion of the Panthers, despite their loss.
"Pitt actually threw the ball to the tight end a lot so I liked that. The offense actually looked good. They just made some mistakes on special teams and had some poor tackling," Clark said. "But they looked good for a young team. It was my first time there and it was really nice. I talked to Coach [Joe] Rudolph a little bit, who is basically my recruiter, and a few other guys from the 2014 class committed there. They said they checked out a ton of schools, but the city and the way the coaches are -- that just really sold them on Pitt. And it really was a nice city and the coaches are great."
The Avon tight end visited Syracuse a day later, the second time he'd taken in the New York school. The Orange were Clark's first offer, and that apparently means something to him.
"They were my first offer, and then I just really like the school and the staff," Clark said. "I got a chance to spend a lot of time with the staff in the summer and I'm tight with them. They're brining in some good players, a bunch of talent on the offensive side of the ball. I think that offense will get rolling."
Clark has also had a chance to see N.C. State, though he hasn't been to Raleigh since the summer. He said he knows it's a nice school, but he didn't see enough to come to any conclusions about the Pack.
Boston College, on the other hand, is a rather familiar destination. His father, uncle and aunt all attended BC, and Clark said he knows the Chestnut Hill area quite well.
"All my family went there, so I know what BC is all about," Clark said. "I know the coaches and I'm really close with them. But they don't really have a leg up or anything just because my family went there. I actually haven't even been to a game yet; I still have to get over there. So we'll see what happens there."
Other schools on Clark's radar include Georgia, Indiana, Rutgers and Penn State. He said he's been in touch with a Bulldogs coach quite a bit and is trying to find time to make a Peach State trip. The same goes for the Hoosiers, Scarlet Knights and the Nittany Lions, the latter of which has made a significant impression.
"I was actually supposed to go to Penn State a couple weeks ago but I wasn't feeling well," said Clark, who also mentioned that he'd love to get in touch with Notre Dame. "But I definitely want to get over there. I have a good relationship with their coaches and I've heard great things about them. So I'd definitely like to get an offer from them, and I feel [the verbal] is close."
Clark, who transferred from New Jersey power Don Bosco after his sophomore year, is coming off a stellar junior campaign at Avon. He hauled in 40 passes, totaled 430 yards, scored eight touchdowns and recorded numerous pancake blocks.
"I had a really good year. I was really skinny coming in, but I'm up to 245 now and I can get down in a 3-point and really hold my own blocking," Clark said. "So besides catching and running I feel like my blocking has really come along. I've got to keep working, but I like where my game is at."
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