Chris Clark had an interesting recruitment as part of the class of 2015, to say the least. The 5-star prospect from New Jersey, by way of Avon, Connecticut, was rated as the best tight end in his class. Initially he committed to Michigan, before backing out when the Wolverines made a coaching change. He wound up at UCLA, and after playing in one game for the Bruins this season, announced he’d be transferring. Syracuse University was the first school to offer the talented prospect, and now, according to Mike McAllister from CuseNation.com, the Orange are getting a visit this weekend.
This would obviously be a monumental coup for the Orange, as the 6-foot-6, 247 pound tight end would immediately become one of the most highly regarded prospects Syracuse has landed in years, and maybe even decades. It certainly helps Syracuse’s cause that they’re a lot closer to home than Westwood, as Clark cited a little bit of homesickness as a major factor in his decision to leave UCLA. He also has some connections on the Syracuse football team, including Old Farm High School teammate Anthony Giudice as well as Jake Pickard, a friend from New Jersey. Before heading to Old Farm, he attended Don Bosco Prep, so he’s also got a connection to current freshman safety Daivon Ellison.
Per McAllister, Clark will be checking out Syracuse this weekend while the Orange are on a bye. He’s also set up visits to Pittsburgh, NC State, and Virginia. Take a look at his high school highlights while we start dreaming about landing a tremendous prospect:
By the way, it’s important to note that, as Clark played in UCLA’s first game of the year, it’s looking likely that this season is burned, and he will still have to sit out next year due to his transfer. That means that, barring something I’m not thinking of, he won’t be eligible to suit up until 2017.