Today, the Illinois Fighting Illini continued their early work on the 2015 recruiting class by extending an offer to Connecticut tight end Chris Clark. At this point, Clark is not only the 2nd best recruit from the state of Connecticut, but is also the 11th best TE and 152nd overall recruit from the Class of 2015 (247Sports).
Clark has been on the radar of numerous programs from across the nation as he currently holds offers from 23 teams.
However, the Avon Old Farms TE seems to be heavily interested in Georgia, Ohio State, Arizona State, Michigan, Penn State, and Tennessee at this point in time, but is showing the most interest in the Georgia Bulldogs.
There’s no doubt that Clark is very athletic for the tight end position, but he also has good hands and can create mismatches for linebackers. On the other side of the coin, he isn’t the best route runner and will need to bulk up because he doesn’t have the best upper body strength for blocking.
According to ESPN, their scouting report states that the bottom line on Chris Clark is:
Clark is a bit of a project at the TE position as he possesses a nice skill set and athleticism but requires development in a few areas. Not a top prospect currently but is a player with good upside.
It’s definitely going to be an uphill battle for Tim Beckman and the Fighting Illini when it comes to Chris Clark. There are already six teams gaining heavy interest from the Connecticut TE and three of those teams are from the Big Ten.
When it comes down to it, don’t expect Clark to commit to Illinois if they do not win more football games next season.
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