5-star Clark Recaps UCLA Experience

Jan. 26 -- Five-star tight end Chris Clark of Avon (Conn.) Old Farms recaps his visit to UCLA.

Five-star tight end Chris Clark went into his UCLA official visit with high expectations, and everything was just what he anticipated, except one aspect.

The ability to meld with current players took the nation’s No. 1 tight end by surprise.

“It was more in terms of how cool the guys on the team were,” said Clark, who preps at Avon (Conn.) Old Farms. “I really liked all the guys. That made it even better than I expected. I really liked the strength coach. He’s a really good guy. I liked him a lot.”

The 6-foot-6, 247-pound Clark, who will choose between UCLA and Michigan on signing day, was hosted by Taylor Lagace, but he spent plenty of time with class of 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen.

“(Rosen) really wants me to come,” Clark said. “He says that we can do a lot of good things together, and there are always a few good quarterback-tight end combinations in the Pac-12 in recent years, and he thinks we can put up incredible numbers. I think we could, too. He’s an unbelievable quarterback, and the tight end is the quarterback’s best friend so I could get a lot of balls.”

Clark’s first trip to Los Angeles was made even better by the fact he returned to his New Jersey home as a blizzard is about to strike the area. He could see as much as 24 inches of snow in his town.

“L.A. was just so nice. It was like 75 degrees when I got there and I get back home and a blizzard is coming,” Clark said. “It was so much nicer there, and the campus is awesome. It’s really pretty and all the people I met were unbelievable. I enjoyed all the people I got to talk to. The coaching staff is just so chill. It’s such a cool staff.

“I loved (the campus). I thought it was awesome. L.A. is really, really cool. I never saw it before. It was an unbelievable first impression. Coach (Jim) Mora’s house is awesome.”

The biggest question Clark had going into the visit was about the distance.

“It was actually not bad at all,” he said. “The travel was pretty easy. I always imagined flying all the way out to California much longer than it was. Obviously, it’s a five hour flight, but it didn’t feel that long.”

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