5-Star TE Clark Goes In-depth On Commitment

Michigan landed a big-time commitment from five-star Chris Clark, the nation's No. 1 tight end. After the decision, the Avon (Conn.) Old Farms standout spoke to Scout.com about it.

Chris Clark, the No. 1 tight end in the 2015 class, thought about the fun of announcing his commitment next month at The Opening, but the immediacy of what he can do for Michigan was more important.

So Clark, the 6-foot-6, 247-pounder out of Avon (Conn.) Old Farms, ended his visit to Michigan with a commitment.

"The Opening was a cool opportunity, but I just want to have an opportunity to recruit for this class," Clark said. "I just thought it was time and it was the best to get it done now."

Clark and his family have been talking about finding a strong mix of academics and football, and he believes he found it in Michigan.

"I just thought, not only the opportunity on the football field, but the connection and networking once my football career is over, you have a good hookup," Clark said. "You have the opportunity to know people who could hook you up in the job world.

"It's huge. I want to be intelligent. I don't want to be some dumb football player. I want to get a good education. I know Michigan is going to be able to give me that. This is such a perfect fit for me. I really believe that."

Clark gives the Wolverines a player who can line up in the slot and also with his hand on the ground. He runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.7-second range, is quick in and out of breaks and has good hands. He also has speed to get down the field and is physical.

"They see me being able to do a lot of things," Clark said. "They expect me to come in as a freshman and compete to play. That's what they told. They told me that straight up. They is no way they're lying because everyone is telling me that. I mean, every coach is telling me that.

"I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to train really hard and hopefully have an opportunity to contribute. The campus is unbelievable. It's so nice."

At one point, Clark was committed to North Carolina, but he opened his recruitment because he thought he rushed to judgment.

Now, though, Clark said he made enough visits, spoke to enough coaches, and is completely comfortable with his decision.

"I'm done," Clark said. "I'm done."

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