Clark Looking for Specifics at Penn State

The Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end is looking to build new relationships Saturday following Penn State's coaching change.

The recruiting scene has slowed down for Chris Clark in terms of offers. But the visit part of the cycle is about to heat up.

The 6-foot-6, 247-pound four-star Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end will kick off a run of unofficial visits with a trip to Penn State Saturday. He's hoping to discover just what the position means to the Lions' new staff compared to what it meant under its old one.

"I really liked the old staff, and Coach [Bill] O'Brien, and now with the transition, I want to see what it has to offer," Clark said. "I'm really excited to get a feel for what [head] Coach [James] Franklin and [offensive coordinator John] Donovan are like, and how they see the position fitting in.

"It's important to me to sit down and chat with them, and check out the campus."

With 41 verbal offers in hand, Clark will start his spring swing at University Park before packing for visits to North Carolina, Ohio State and Michigan.

The junior noted he has already seen the Lions' facilities -- he camped last summer -- meaning on this trip, he is hoping to see more of PSU's new staff and academic opportunities.

"I want to see the academic support and all that stuff, but I sort of know what they look like," Clark said. "Even with the new staff, I do think Penn State is going to see the tight end is a huge part of the offense. I mean, they got [Class of 2014 signee] Mike Gesicki, and he committed, so Coach Donovan had to show and tell him that they are planning to use the tight end.

"It's going to be good to see what their ideas are and where they stand."

Clark said visiting Penn State is like starting from scratch considering the coaching transition, but it was a school he intended to visit all along nonetheless.

Old Farms does not have a spring practice period, meaning Clark knew he could use the free time to set multiple visits. And that included his trip to PSU.

"I just want to see if they're going to use the tight end in a hybrid way, in terms of flexing them out and making them a part of their game and not just blocking," Clark said. "Before, with Coach O'Brien, they were one of the Big Ten teams that used their tight end in different ways.

"I want to make sure I am comfortable with the fact that I will be able to play flexed out and also with my hand in the dirt."

Clark has not set a decision date or a date to cut his list. The tight end does intent to make a decision before his senior season, though.

It's likely to come in July or August following a string of visits in April and June, he said.

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