Research done, Clark set to visit MSU

Avon (Conn.) Old Farm tight end has visits to OSU, MSU and UM set for next week as he nears a decision date at The Opening. He talks the Spartans, what he likes about them and how much of a relationship he has with MSU QB commit Brian Lewerke and more.

Before Michigan State had even extended an offer, Chris Clark was interested in the Spartans and pegged them a team he really wanted to add to his list.

From following the program in recent years, the Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end knew the Spartans defense was great and loved the physical style of play. He knew they won the Rose Bowl last season and they have been having perennial success of late. But when the offer came in May, he dug deep into research even more to see what the Spartans could offer.

"It was the school I really wanted," he said. "It was a big offer for me just because I love the style of play they have. They use two tight ends a lot and Coach (Jim) Bollman is one of my favorite coaches in terms of tight ends and also since he is a co-offensive coordinator, he has a say in the involvement a tight end has in the offense. I think there is a lot that Michigan State offers. Their learning center and academic support is really good.

"Obviously, I love Coach (Mark) Dantonio and even Coach (Pat) Narduzzi, who's my area recruiter and I have an awesome relationship with him. There are a lot of things I like about Michigan State."

Now, the 6-foot-6, 247-pound tight end has Michigan State in his final four schools, joining Ohio State, Michigan and North Carolina. He will visit the first three schools next week, starting with Ohio State on Tuesday, Michigan State on Wednesday and Michigan on Thursday before making his commitment public at The Opening in July.

During his visits, the quarterbacks commitments from each school will be on campus with him – Joey Burrow at Ohio State, Brian Lewerke at Michigan State and Alex Malzone at Michigan.

All three, as well as North Carolina commit Anthony Ratliff, have been working to get him to play with them in college and Lewerke has been doing plenty of work for the Spartans as Clark said he has been an awesome recruiter for the MSU class.

"He's going to be there for my visit so I will get a chance to hang out with him then we are going to The Opening together," Clark said. "I have been talking to him a lot and he has been telling me how nice the campus is and the coaches are.

"I think we would do really well in an offense together. He's an awesome quarterback and that's something that's really big for me looking at the process, where a quarterback is and we can roll together and get familiar with each other early. He's an awesome guy, I'm excited to meet him."

After the visits, Clark said he figures he will know which school will be his choice and potentially will inform the coaching staff at his school of choice before making it public at The Opening.

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