Chris Clark, a coveted 2015 tight end prospect from Connecticut, has big plans for the upcoming weekend. The 4-star recruit is expected to spend time on campus at Ohio State and Michigan, according to ESPN reporter Tom VanHaaren:
ESPN 300 TE Chris Clark (Avon, Conn.) is visiting Michigan Friday and Ohio State Saturday: http://t.co/k5YguygL04— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) April 17, 2014
The former North Carolina commit received offers from both teams following a junior season that featured 39 receptions for 417 yards and six touchdowns. He backed off his pledge to the Tar Heels last weekend, less than a month after his initial pledge.
Clark's decision to announce a commitment to UNC while his recruitment was really starting to gain momentum puzzled many.
"To a lot of people (the North Carolina commitment is) going to be a big surprise," Clark told 247Sports reporter Steve Wiltfong last month.
The 6'6", 247-pound playmaker also holds offers from Alabama, Penn State, Auburn, Tennessee and Florida, among others. He visited Notre Dame last month.
Clark confirmed he officially backed off the North Carolina pledge Saturday:
My recruitment is wide open— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) April 13, 2014
He is rated No. 3 nationally among tight ends in 247Sports' composite rankings. Clark is an excellent downfield receiver who displays dominant blocking skills, making him as balanced as any player at the position in this class.
His relationship with Ohio State appears strong, based on recent comments to Cleveland.com reporter Ari Wasserman.
“Coach Meyer and Coach (Tim) Hinton have reiterated to me many times that I am their No. 1 guy they want at my position,” Clark told Wasserman in late February. “It means a lot. Ohio State will definitely be there until the end.”
Which team is more likely to land 4-star TE Chris Clark?
Michigan's roster is relatively barren when it comes to accomplished tight ends.
Junior A.J. Williams and sophomore Jake Butt are the only players at the position with college receptions, combining for 18 in their respective Wolverines careers.
Clark has the makings of an instant-impact performer at the next level, so it's no surprise Brady Hoke and his staff worked hard to get him to visit Ann Arbor.
The battle for Clark's commitment will be waged nationwide, but this weekend it runs through a pair of Big Ten Conference campuses.