Tight end Chris Clark's camp performance at NC State in June turned some heads and quickly led to an offer from the coaching staff.
The staff had told the Avon (CT) Old Farms tight end that they wanted to talk things over and watch a little more of his film before they made a final decision. But after Clark returned home to Connecticut he received some good news. He did not have to wait long.
"It was cool. They didn't offer me right after camp. They said they were going to wait and see and watch my tape and stuff. A few days later my dad told me to call Coach Doeren. I gave him a call and he said they're going to offer me. They talked it over as a coaching staff and decided it was best to do it early."
That happened back in June and with coaches on vacation there has not been much new since then.
"It's been pretty low key because we're in a quiet period now and they can't really initiate contact me until September 1st. I haven't really talked to them much but I'm sure when the time comes I'll be talking to Coach Faulkner and Coach Doeren more."
Clark earned praise for his play at camp because of his pass catching skills for someone his size. He proved that he isn't just another body to put on the line for blocking purposes and that is apparently just what the coaching staff is looking for.
"I had a really good camp. I was able to show them something at tight end but I also played a little receiver in the 1 on 1s. They like my athletic ability and said they could use me in so many ways on offense," he said.
"They just told me the tight end is important in their offense and they like versatile tight ends that can block and that they can use as a receiver."
Clark was able to spend some time in town checking out the school and the football facilities. He said the facilities were one of the more impressive aspects of the trip and Clark also said that the school itself seemed like a good place.
The coaching staff came across well while they were coaching him up during the camp.
"They're awesome. I could really see myself playing for Coach Faulkner. He's a great coach. I got to sit in Coach Doeren's office and talk to him too so that was great."
Syracuse is the only other school that has offered Clark but Penn State, Stanford and other ACC schools like Virginia Tech, Virginia and Boston College have been keeping track of his progress.