Clarks adds Irish to list of favorites

The nation's No. four ranked tight end, Chris Clark of Avon (Conn.) Old Farms, talks about his latest offer from the Fighting Irish, including when he plans to visit, why the Irish are now among his top five, and when he plans to make a final decision.

Notre Dame extended an offer to an Irish legacy on Tuesday evening when it offered four-star tight end Chris Clark of Avon (Conn.) Old Farms.

"I was really excited," Clark said. "I talked with Coach (Tony) Alford last week, and that's kind of how things got started. He said that the staff was going to watch my film, and he told me today (Tuesday) that they really liked what they saw. It's a huge offer because I have two uncles that went to Notre Dame, and so did my grandfather."

Not only did the Irish staff like what they saw from Clark's film, but Alford told the 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end that he was No. 1 on Notre Dame's board for the position. The Irish are likely to only take one tight end in the class of 2015, likely to be a hybrid prospect, a role that Clark fits well.

"Notre Dame has had so much success at the tight end position," Clark said. "They send a lot of their guys to the NFL. And, they utilize their tight ends exactly how I want to play, like a hybrid that can play in the slot as well. I'm a pass-catching tight end."

Clark is up to 29 offers, and though he said his list of favorites could fluctuate as he takes unofficial visits this spring, he named a top five when asked if he had any favorites.

"I like Auburn, Notre Dame, Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan," Clark said.

Clark will have a busy spring, particularly in the month of March.

"I'm going to take the visits that are driving distance first," Clark said. "In March, I'm driving to UNC, Maryland and Penn State. Then I'll fly to Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame."

Clark plans to make a final decision before his senior year, in either July or August.

"I will really be looking at how the offense uses the tight ends, and if they allow the tight end to be a big part of what they do," Clark said. "I'll consider my relationship with the coaches, but mainly the players because I'll be around them so much. I want to see what type of kids the school recruits to its school. And, education and campus will matter, too. I want to feel at home."

Clark is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the the No. four tight end in the class of 2015.

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