New Offer For Nation's Top Tight End

Nov. 19 -- The Nation's No. 1 tight end, Chris Clark of Avon (Conn.) Old Farms, altered his official visit schedule and talks about his UCLA offer...

Chris Clark, the nation’s No. 1 tight end in Scout’s 2015 class, remains committed to Michigan but he has a pair of official visits scheduled, and he wants to make two other trips.

The latest school to offer was UCLA, which ranks high in Clark’s eyes because of its history and the power of the degree.

“I’m pretty excited about it because I got a chance to talk to coach (Jim) Mora on the phone and he seems like a great guy,” said Clark, who attends Avon (Conn.) Old Farms. “Obviously, right now they have a great need for the tight end position. I don’t think they are even playing with one. They’re going four wide.”

Clark remains committed to Michigan, but he will officially visit Texas the weekend of Dec. 5, and he will join close friend and North Carolina commit Tommy Hatton, a four-star offensive lineman from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional, on an official visit to the Chapel Hill, N.C., campus the weekend of Jan. 17.

Clark was slated to make an official visit to USC for the Notre Dame game Nov. 29, but he had to postpone it because of an injury, which kept him out of Avon’s final game of the season.

“I want to visit UCLA and USC,” Clark said. “I’m not sure when I will. Maybe in December. I have to check and see when I can get to each school, but I definitely want to get out there.”

In looking at UCLA, Clark said the history of the tight ends is intriguing. In recent years, the Bruins sent Marcedes Lewis, Logan Paulsen and Joseph Fauria to the NFL.

“(Fauria) did a lot of good things in the offense when he was there,” Clark said. “They definitely use the tight end. They have a history of having good tight ends, so that is something I am looking at, and then just the education. It’s a pretty sweet degree.”

UCLA already has Las Vegas Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones committed, which is a consideration for Clark, but the two are different types of tight ends. Jones plays more on the outside and can line of in the slot whereas Clark can play with his hand on the ground and is a force in the run game and catching the ball.

“That’s something (Mora) said, too,” Clark said. “(Jones) is more of a stand up guy whereas I can do both.

“But I like that offer a lot. There’s just something about it. It’s a great degree. I’m entertaining it but I want to see what happens with Alize Jones. Coach Mora said he wants us both, but I don’t know if it makes sense for us to both go there.”

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