Michigan ‘Dream Offer' For '15 TE Chris Clark

Michigan's courtship of 2015 Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark heated up Wednesday when the Wolverines extended a scholarship offer. Clark gives his reaction to the offer, his early relationship with Michigan, visit plans, and more.

Just a couple weeks after making contact with 2015 Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark, the Michigan Wolverines extended the 6-foot-6, 247-pounder a scholarship offer Wednesday.

Michigan tight ends/special teams coordinator Dan Ferrigno visited with Clark’s coach in the school, relaying news to Clark himself that has the three-star prospect very interested.

“I’m really excited,” Clark said. “It’s definitely a dream offer just because it’s such a big time program and I’m just really excited about a chance to get out and visit the school and just see how it goes.”

Already with visits scheduled to Ohio State as well as Georgia this upcoming weekend, Clark is now turning his attention to a future date with Michigan, one he says is only a matter of when, not if.

“I’m going to try to get up there in March, during my March break,” Clark said. “Obviously I already have Georgia and Ohio State scheduled but definitely going to visit in March, I’m just trying to figure out when with my dad.”

Currently ranked the No. 14 tight end in the 2015 class, part of Michigan’s pitch really appeals to Clark.

“He kind of just talked about how they go after the best at each position in the country and they consider me one of the best tight ends,” Clark said. “So, they’re definitely going to recruit me hard; he just loves the way I play.”

Michigan’s depth chart is filled with versatile tight ends including more of the receiving type in Devin Funchess, blocker A.J. Williams who slowly began to show off his hands in 2013, and Jake Butt who had a big time freshman season.

“I’ve heard about him,” Clark said. “I’ve been able to watch them on television and I know the other tight end is really good too, Devin Funchess, who is a really athletic player.

“Obviously I know a ton about Michigan football; it’s one of the few programs that when you think about college football, you think about Michigan; they’re such a historic program.”

Clark says coaches from Ohio State, Georgia, Arizona State, Maryland, Miami, Tennessee, Boston College, Rutgers, and Wisconsin all have been by his school following the dead period.

Finishing with a 1-7 record at Old Farms in 2012, Clark helped lead his team all the way to the state championship game this past fall.

“We were able to run the ball a lot this year,” Clark said. “But I had about 40 catches for like over 450-yards and seven touchdowns.

“It’s a good year in my standards but obviously I know I could’ve done more but we like to pound the ball and our running back had over 1,000 yards rushing.”

Having yet to have taken any unofficial visits to college campuses just yet, Clark can’t wait to get a better feel for what he’ll be looking for at the next level.

“Obviously I need to have a good relationship with the coaching staff but nowadays coaching staffs change all the time so I really just have to see what the players are like on each of the teams cause that’s who I’m going to be spending a lot of time with,” he said.

“Just a good campus, good education and an offense that’s going to use the tight end in ways I want to be utilized, moving around and stuff.”

Clark plans to take visits to Miami, Arizona State, Texas Tech, and Tennessee this spring as well.


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