Five-star tight end Chris Clark knew his final decision would not be easy, and it took until a few hours before his announcement for him to make a choice.
In the end, the nation’s No. 1 tight end went with UCLA, citing his relationship with coach Jim Mora and the comfort with the players in the program as major reasons why
“I love coach Mora,” Clark said. “Of all the coaches I have a strong relationship with, I have the strongest with him. I felt really comfortable with all the players on the team. They’re all really similar to me. By far, my best visit was to UCLA.”
When Clark visited UCL A a few weeks ago, he was blown away by the campus, but also by the togetherness of the players. He also met up with five-star quarterback Josh Rosen, and the two clicked.
Much of the conversation revolved around Clark’s importance to the offense, and how he could be Rosen’s main target.
“I love the opportunity I have to come in and play right away,” Clark said. “There is something really good with that. Obviously, with the quarterback, Josh Rosen, he’s a cool guy and I could come in and play with him and that is something that is good.”
As if the pitch of the football program wasn’t enough, Clark visited Mora’s home in Huntington Beach, and got a look at what life off campus can look like.
“The academics and the other aspects of the school are pretty unique,” he said. “There is more stuff to do than just football, so I like that. And I really like the people a lot. That’s why I (chose) UCLA.”
Chris Clark, the #1 tight end in the nation, announced he'll be a Bruin.
"For the next four years, I'll be attending and getting my degree at UCLA," Clark said on ESPN. "I just felt at home on my visit to UCLA. I know it's really far away, but all the coaches made me feel really comfortable."
The 6-6, 250-pound prospect from Avon (Conn.) Old Farms picked UCLA over Michigan on ESPN.
"Coach Mora has almost been like a second dad to me in the last few weeks," Clark said. "I'm just excited to get started."
It's a big pick-up for the Bruins, starting National Signing Day off on an great note by adding another five-star and top 100 prospect to UCLA's 2015 recruiting class. Clark is not only the #1-ranked tight end but the #23 prospect overall nationally.
Clark also represents a different type of dimension for UCLA's offense, that of the true tight end-type that they haven't had since Joe Fauria.
We'll have more quotes from Clark coming soon.