Clark Visiting Others

North Carolina verbal commitment Chris Clark has decided to take a step back and reevaluate his recruitment.

"It's kind of open to be honest," Clark said. "I'm definitely taking my time and checking out other schools... I just want to make sure I didn't make the wrong decision. I obviously think it's fair to me to give myself an opportunity to check out some other schools just because Signing Day is not until February. I just don't want to make a mistake."

Clark, a 6-foot-6, 247-pound tight end from Avon (Conn.) Old Farms School, surprised many when he verbally committed to UNC during a campus visit in mid-March. At the time, he said he was finished with recruiting trips.

However, last week Clark made a visit to Notre Dame. A few of his relatives graduated from Notre Dame.

"It was sick – it was really cool," Clark said of the Notre Dame visit. "It was a great experience and it's definitely a school that you've got to check out with your own eyes. You can't understand the tradition of the school without visiting. It's a cool spot. It has a lot of good things to offer."

The visit to South Bend was the catalyst for Clark reopening his recruitment.

Clark has been completely honest with the UNC coaches throughout. He informed them of the Notre Dame visit beforehand and afterward expressed his desire to explore his options before solidifying his commitment.

"They're upset with it," Clark said. "But it's one of those things where they understand. I know they don't really want to understand, but they're really good guys [and] they're really nice about it. And I appreciate that on their part."

Clark is unsure when he'll decide to either solidify his UNC pledge or switch his commitment to another school.

"I honestly don't want to be that kid that keeps doing this," Clark said. "I think I'm just going to just let it play out. Then we'll see. I'm going to keep really quiet. My recruitment is going to get really quiet and I'm not going to do very many interviews anymore. I just want to keep my business to myself and figure it out with my family without the world criticizing everything I do."

Clark has, though, narrowed his focus to five schools – Auburn, Michigan, UNC, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

Of the aforementioned quintet, Clark has visited UNC and Notre Dame. On April 18 and 19, he'll make consecutive visits to Ohio State and Michigan. He's in the process of scheduling a trip to Auburn for May or June.

Clark said he is also working on a return to Chapel Hill where he'll be accompanied by his mother. She didn't make the mid-March trip.

"I still really like North Carolina," Clark said. "I think they offer a great opportunity with education and football. It's definitely a school I still really like."

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