UNC Commit TE Chris Clark Plans to Visit U-M

After a surprising commitment to North Carolina two weeks ago, it was unclear if Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark would follow through on his plans to visit Michigan. Despite his recent commitment, Clark tells GoBlueWolverine.com he will visit Michigan on April 18, among a series of other visits.

North Carolina picked up a big commitment when four-star tight end Chris Clark (No. 3 TE nationally) issued his verbal pledge to the Tar Heels on March 15. That doesn't mean his recruitment is over quite yet, however, as Clark intends on taking three more visits in the near future, with the inclusion of North Carolina as well.

The Fighting Irish will receive the first opportunity to persuade Clark to flip his commitment as the 6-foot-6, 247 pound prospect will visit South Bend (Ind.) this weekend.

"This weekend I'm going to Notre Dame," said Clark. "That's kind of a visit I have to take because of family ties, in terms of my mom and a lot of people from my family have gone there. There are a lot of ties, so it's something I want to see and I'm going to go check them out."

Clark will focus on a lot of the same areas that compelled him to commit to North Carolina two weeks prior. After this weekend is over, Clark will take some time to evaluate his Notre Dame visit with his family.

"Just the same things I was looking for at UNC," said Clark. "It's how the coaches are and learning more about the offense, checking out the campus and meeting with academic advisors and stuff, but most importantly just hanging out with the staffs at each of the respective schools and seeing what they're like."

Once he has fully taken in his experience at Notre Dame, Clark will follow through on his earlier plan to visit both Michigan and Ohio State on April 18.

"I think I actually am going to go out and see Ohio State and Michigan because I want to make sure I made the right decision with UNC," said Clark. "You only get one shot at this, so you have to make sure the school you pick is the right one. I don't want to have any doubts in my mind. It's still early in the process and I still have a lot of time right now. I'm committed to UNC, but I want to have an opportunity to see those three schools and compare them to UNC and how I felt when I was there— so that I'm 100 percent positive."

Since the role he would play in an offense at the next level is an important factor to Clark, he has paid close attention to how tight ends are utilizes for each school in his top four. Michigan grades out well in this category thanks to the versatility shown with both Devin Funchess and Jake Butt. Before he had committed to North Carolina, Clark spoke highly of the Wolverines' tight end usage last season.

"They would use Funchess a lot as a wide receiver because he has that mismatch ability," said Clark. "I also saw what they did with Butt, and that was kind of cool because he was a freshman. That's definitely something that interests me, and shows that if you're good enough they will play you and that it doesn't matter what age. They don't necessarily play in the three-point stance all the time and can create terrible mismatches for defenses. It's virtually impossible [to defend]."

During his time as an uncommitted prospect, Clark received a bit of guidance from 2014 Hinsdale (Ill.) Central tight end signee Ian Bunting on how he went about the recruiting process.

"I actually talked to [Ian Bunting] a little but on Twitter after I picked up the offer from Michigan," said Clark. "He followed me and hit me up and we just chatted a little bit. He was talking about how he visited a bunch of schools, but when he visited Michigan that it was just a different school and a perfect fit for him. The recruiting process is chaotic, but a lot of guys don't really know how it is. Once you get on campus, you will just kind of know. He said you would know on your visit which school is right for you. It's cool and I will definitely do the same thing for younger kids. We all go through the same thing in recruiting."

This relationship has helped to fuel Clark's interest in Michigan, which began long ago. Also before his pledge to the Tar Heels, Clark spoke on his desire to check out the Wolverines program.

"I love Michigan in terms of just following them since I was a young kid," said Clark. "They are one of those teams that are very historical and big time. The support of the fans at the Big House is crazy. There are only a few stadiums in college football where you can say you want to play one day and Ann Arbor is definitely one of them. They are definitely a school I want to visit, and if I'm taking the time to visit them then that means something. I'm only visiting a few of the schools that have offered me since I won't have time to visit them all. By visiting a school it definitely means I have a really high interest."

Clark, who intends to major in Sports Journalism once he reaches college, does not plan on visiting any school outside of his top four. He is also unsure of whether he will take his five official visits.


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