Offers Rolling In For Clark

Offers are rolling in for Avon (Conn.) Old Farms class of 2015 tight end Chris Clark, and he spoke to about the latest ones as Tennessee, Penn State and Maryland each extended one.

It seems like a daily occurrence for Avon (Conn.) Old Farms class of 2015 tight end Chris Clark.

He receives an email of a message via Facebook or Twitter to call a coach, does so and receives an offer.

The latest schools to do so were Tennessee, Penn State and Maryland as the 6-foot-6, 247-pound New Jersey native's offer list is creeping near two dozen. They joined schools such as Ohio State, Virginia, Georgia and Arizona State – a quartet he said were a priorty to see in the coming months – and each will get a look from Clark.

However, the one from Tennessee is particularly intriguing.

"I'm actually really high on Tennessee," Clark said. "I can't wait to visit in March. I'm trying to figure out the exact date but it's definitely going to happen.

"I saw a couple of videos (about the program), they have the biggest stadium in the SEC and they get great support from the fans. I like what they're going to do with the tight end position."

He made 39 catches for 417 yards and six scores as a junior.

Vols tight ends coach Mark Elder visited Avon Old Farms recently, and he was followed up by offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian the following week.

"They're going to run a lot of doubt tight (end) stuff and have two tight ends on the field at all times, and coach Elder is just a really cool guy," Clark said. "The offensive coordinator went to Bergen Catholic, which is the school right by my home town. He grew up in (River Vale, N.J.) which is right by my house in New Jersey.

"We have that little connection, and he's an awesome guy. He came to my school a couple days after coach Elder was there, and that meant a lot to me."

Clark's latest offer came Monday from Penn State, and it was in the making for a long time.

"I went to their camp last summer and I thought I did really well and I got to sit down and talk to (former) coach (Bill) O'Brien," Clark said. "He said an offer was definitely coming and it just took time. Obviously, with the coaching change it took time."

Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer, who recruits Connecticut, made a visit to Avon Old Farms on Wednesday.

"He said he would be in touch in the next couple of days and I got the message on twitter to call him," Clark said. "I talked to coach (John) Donovan, the offensive coordinator, and he mentioned the history of the tight end position at Penn State, and what they're doing with the tight end position moving forward.

"He said he only had to watch a couple plays of my film and he knew I was a guy they wanted to offer."

Maryland offered Clark while he was at Georgia for an unofficial visit.

"I'm definitely going to go and check them out because it's close," he said. "It's not going to cost my dad that much money. (Assistant) coach (Keith) Dudzinski has been to my school a bunch and I have a good relationship with him and he knows my head coach, so I'm going to give them a look."

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