Michigan Football Recruiting: Chris Clark — 2015 Commit — Profile


Posted at 7:30am — 6/21/2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: Chris Clark — 2015 Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is an overview of recent verbal commitment Chris Clark.

Some may argue, but it is no shock that Chris Clark committed this week to the Michigan Wolverines. There is plenty to like about this 2015 prospect and not much to nit-pick about. From his first visit to Ann Arbor, and continuing to Thursday’s commitment, Chris Clark made no secret of his high interest in becoming a Wolverine.

Chris Clark 4Clark is physically imposing for a high school tight end. He has the potential to be the best tight end recruit to enter Michigan in quite a length of time. If you as a reader always wanted a talent like some of Notre Dame’s recent tight ends, then the wish was granted. Hyperbole of being the total package is a little thick. But make no mistake Clark has ingredients such as height, weight, blocking, and decent hands (added to a player that executes in a timely manner on the field) that smack of a very nice get for the Michigan program.

He also seems to be a player that appreciates things other than his own persona. He was well spoken in his interviews concerning his commitment. Michigan has struggled at tight end and that may or may not continue this year. But a multi-talented player at tight end gives an offensive coordinator more options in the running and passing game.

Clark becomes the eighth commit for the Michigan Wolverine 2015 recruiting class along with being invited to the 2014 “Opening” held at Nike campus along with the 2015 Under Armour All-American football game. The Avon Old Farms school might sound familiar to you because former Michigan Wolverine running back Michael Cox from the 2008 recruiting class attended Avon Old Farms.

Chris Clark
Height: 6’6
Weight: 253
Number: 8
Current Position: Tight End
Future Position: Tight End
City/State: Ridgewood, New Jersey
High School: Avon Old Farms
Head Coach: William Mella
Recruiter: Coach Dan Ferrigno
Committed: 6/19/2014
Top 5 other Offers: (Former North Carolina Commit) Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.
40-Time: 4.72
Vertical: 29″
Class: 2015 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Chris Clark 6Follow Chris: on Twitter

Rankings:

24/7: 4-star.
ESPN: 4-star.
Rivals: 4-star.
Scout: 5-star.

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings: .

GBMWolverine Staff members couldn’t decide between 8 and 8 1/2 footballs so we will leave it up to our readers.

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.

7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Overview:

Chris Clark is the most complete tight end prospect of the four signed in the Coach Hoke Era. He plays tight end, slot, defensive end, and wide receiver for his high school team in Avon Connecticut. He will definitely be a tight end at Michigan, but we would not be surprised to see him in the slot in some packages. Chris has excellent measurable that include a 30 inch vertical and a 4.7 40 yard dash. No GPA was available, but when an ACC/North Carolina team takes a player that tells us academics are not a problem.

Chris Clark 7Strengths:

Chris is a huge player who looks like a tackle in pads. He uses his size and body to shield defenders. Young Clark has excellent, soft hands and runs sharp routes. He runs hard after the catch and is a solid blocker and does a good job of beating jams off the line of scrimmage. Chris has good top end speed for a tight end and plays a physical game.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Chris Clark 3Chris had a concussion and in today’s football that is always a concern. He is a bit stiff and needs to improve his overall agility. A lack of nimbleness hurts him after the catch. Chris needs to work on his explosiveness and watch his pad level.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely plays his first year as a true freshmen, especially if he starts in January.

Chris Clark reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Jerame Tuman — who played Tight End.

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Final Thoughts:

We welcome Chris Clark to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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