Clark Back on the Market

Dec. 3 -- Avon (Conn.) Old Farms five-star tight end Chris Clark decommitted from Michigan and rescheduled two official visits, and he spoke about it with Scout...

Five-star tight end Chris Clark made the expected decision to decommit in the wake of Michigan coach Brady Hoke being fired, and he also re-arranged his visit schedule.

Clark, the nation’s No. 1 tight end from Avon (Conn.) Old Farms, will now visit USC the weekend of Jan. 17, and Texas the following weekend. He is also contemplating an official visit to UCLA.

“USC was here today with its offensive coordinator, and UCLA coach Jim Mora and the offensive coordinator are coming tomorrow,” Clark said. “I definitely feel a lot better about (UCLA) knowing they are coming to see me.”

His trips to USC and Texas were pushed back as he recovers from a knee injury suffered late in his season, but the change could work well for the Trojans.

“I will be there when they bring in a lot of their committed players,” Clark said. “It will be a good time to chill with everybody.”

Although Clark was committed to Michigan, the status of his pledge was in question after Hoke’s job status came under question during the season. Clark also visited North Carolina over the weekend and was there when North Carolina State beat the Tar Heels 35-7, but with his decommitment, he is hearing from a number of other schools.

“There’s not a lot of other schools I’m considering right now,” Clark said. “I don’t even know who is interested though. There are so many schools hitting me up now.”

In announcing his decommitment from Michigan, Clark said the change in the coaching staff caused him to reconsider his decision.

“Due to the unfortunate change in coaching at Michigan and the unknown of who will take over the program, I am no longer committed to Michigan,” Clark said in a statement. “I still am very interested in the program. I had an unbelievable relationship with coach Hoke and his staff so I am very sad to see them go. That is why I am making this decision, and believe it is the best thing to do so I can look at all my options.

“I love the Michigan family and all the fans, and I was planning to be playing in the Big House next fall, but unfortunately things change and now I will take my officials and figure this all out. I hope everyone respects this decision since I am doing what best for me.”

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