Clark Visits Michigan

Jan. 19 -- The Avon (Conn.) Old Farms five-star tight end, Chris Clark, recaps his trip to Michigan a week before UCLA...

Chris Clark, already a former Michigan commit, got the sense of his importance to the Wolverines’ class well before he got to campus.

The five-star tight end, rated No. 1 in the class, from Avon (Conn.) Old Farms had a special guest greet him when he got off the plane.

“Coach (Jim) Harbaugh picked me up at the airport,” Clark said. “That was kind of cool. That was a good first impression. It was nice of him to do that.”

The visit ended with more face time with Harbaugh as Michigan’s new head man met with Clark and his parents for 45 minutes before he departed for home and to ready for his trip to UCLA next weekend.

“I definitely have more questions for UCLA going into this visit,” Clark said. “I feel good at Michigan. I have options. I feel like I can’t go wrong at either. I can see myself at Michigan 100 percent.”

After the surprise pickup at the airport, Clark and his parents joined the coaching staff for dinner.

“I liked them a lot, especially coach Jay Harbaugh, the new tight ends coach,” Clark said. “He was cool. They said they wanted to give the ball to the tight end a lot. They showed me a lot of tape, so it wasn’t just them saying it. There was proof. It was cool.”

Clark said the cut-ups of using the tight end were from when Harbaugh was the coach of Stanford and the San Francisco 49ers.

“The visit definitely helped them and made me feel better about the situation there,” Clark said. “The coaching staff is a great staff, an all-star staff.”

Freshman quarterback Alex Malzone served as Clark’s host, which made sense since the two were committed to Michigan for a while and they talked plenty.

“He kept telling me through the weekend, ‘Harbaugh knows what it is like to get a tight end to the NFL,” Clark said. “I got to hang out with a lot of the players …we were all chilling. I had a lot more fun than I thought I was going to.”

However the dominant personality on the visit was Harbaugh, whose competitive fire showed through in a big way.

“At first, I thought he was really serious but he grows on you,” Clark said. “When I left today, I was sitting with my mom and my dad in his in office for 45 minutes and he’s cool.

“He’s real competitive,” Clark said. “We went bowling and he wanted to win so bad. He was really serious. He said he can’t fail and Michigan. He said he is going to work harder than he ever worked, and I could see that.”

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