NCF On The Trail: Chris Clark

With a few weeks of senior film to evaluate, ESPN’s scouts have updated the ESPN 300. We are around the midpoint of the season as well, so teams are looking to finish off their classes and fill any remaining needs.

There is plenty to discuss at this point in the Big Ten. Here are five things to know within the conference:

Pac-12 South recruiting roundup 

October, 16, 2014
Oct 16
At the halfway point of college football's regular season, there is still plenty to be decided both on the field and on the recruiting trail. The Pac-12 placed six programs among the top 40 recruiting classes in Wednesday's updated class rankings Insider and conference recruiting classes contain as many as 24 -- Arizona -- and as few as nine -- Stanford -- commitments. This update offers a look at where each Pac-12 South program stands with its 2015 recruiting class, including its top prospect and position of strength, as well as a look at where things are going well for each class.


Total number of commitments: 24

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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

October, 7, 2014
Oct 7
We are in the thick of the college football season and recruiting has started to heat up. With commits taking visits, offers going out and prospects committing, there is plenty to talk about within the Big Ten.

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Pac-12 coaches believe upsets by Arizona, Arizona State and Utah could also shake things up in recruiting. Mississippi Madness is in full effect, as both Ole Miss and Mississippi State receive recruiting boosts after big victories.

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UA jersey tour: Chris Clark

October, 2, 2014
Oct 2
ESPN 300 tight end Chris Clark was presented with his Under Armour All American jersey on Thursday in front of his classmates and teammates. The Michigan commit was excited for the honor and the opportunity to compete with the best players in the country.

It was also a bit of a break for the talented prospect, who has been paying close attention to the Wolverines' tumultuous season. Clark has been hearing from other schools, but along with many of the other Michigan commits, finds himself in a wait-and-see mode.

"All the Michigan kids have [been] talking in our group chat. All of us are just kind of waiting to see what happens with the staff," he said. "Obviously if there are changes made we are all given the opportunity to relook at everything. I'm going to wait and see what happens at the end of the season."

Clark was recently offered by USC and Texas, two schools that have been in contact heavily in recent weeks. He doesn't have any visits planned as of yet, but says if the Michigan staff were relieved of their duties, then he would look around.

The commitments, including Clark, are in an unenviable position as they have to worry about their future school, and they are also taking heat from fans on social media about staying loyal to their commitment.

"You're never disresepectful to the fans, but at the end of the day you can't listen to people on Twitter. They're just passionate about their teams, but we're still in high school," he said. "They have to understand that we would have to get to know a new staff if that happens and it would make sense for us to make sure we're still comfortable."

While Clark has all of that ahead of him, for now he is enjoying being an Under Armour All American and focusing on his team's season.

Five questions with Chris Clark

What one player are you looking forward to competing against?:

I'm really excited to go against the linebacker from Texas. Malik Jefferson. I'm excited to go against him because we went against each other a few years ago. I'm just excited to show people I can compete against the best players in the country.

If you could start a team with any other player in your class who would it be?: Probably Josh Rosen, the quarterback. I think he's by far the most gifted quarterback in the class. Where he's at, I think he's the best. He's a baller, so I would pick him. I was watching the Elite 11 and Trent Dilfer was saying he was almost uncomfortable because Josh is so smart.

What was your earliest football memory?:

In second grade, there was 10 seconds left in the game and we were down by three points. It was the first year we could wear pads. I ran a seam route, caught it and buried one of the coaches that was standing on the field. I ran him over and scored a touchdown with no time left to win the game. It was one of those memories you'll never forget.

Which football player did you idolize or want to be like when you were a kid?:

I really liked Jeremy Shockey as a tight end. I liked the way he played. He had swagger and he was tough, he's just a beast. I loved him when he was with the Giants.

If you could take on any pro player in their sport who would it be?:

I would like, in the red zone, maybe split out wide and go against Richard Sherman. That would be cool.

Why do you wear your number?:

I wear No. 8. I've always wanted to wear a single-digit number, but there's no specific reason why I wear that number.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?:

I have a tattoo on my right arm. I come from a family where tattoos are outlawed. It has no meaning, I just got it when I turned 18. I feel like all tight ends have tattoos. For my size, I'm afraid of the dark, too.
Michigan’s efforts on the recruiting trail aren’t going anywhere until something changes. Plus, whoever ends up getting the Kansas job must do whatever he can to keep quarterback Ryan Willis on board.

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting news across the country. Today's offerings: Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart is closing ranks and instead of focusing on the more than 50 schools that have offered him scholarships, he's zeroing in on four schools leading up to his late September decision. Plus, Oregon fans can rest a little easier knowing the Ducks' star running back recruit didn't suffer major damage in his first game of the season, and we continue our tour of the top recruiting happenings on social media.

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Michigan has another commitment as Under Armour All-American tight end Chris Clark announced for the Wolverines on Thursday. Here's how Clark fits into Michigan's talented group of young tight ends:

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Michigan and Ohio State went in different directions on the field this past season, with the Buckeyes competing for a Big Ten championship and the Wolverines trying to regroup.

Both teams are looking to add firepower to their rosters, though, and the rivals will definitely be battling on the recruiting trail for 2015 prospects. Ohio State will be targeting quite a few Southern prospects, but there are still some overlapping targets for fans to keep an eye on. Here is a look at where each school stands.

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Weekly commitment roundup

March, 21, 2014
Mar 21

Boston College
Lukas Denis, ATH
HT: 6-0 WT: 175
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Chris Lindstrom, OG
HT: 6-4 WT: 250
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Bowman Archibald, TE-Y
HT: 6-5 WT: 240
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

North Carolina
Corey Bell Jr., CB
HT: 5-10 WT: 168
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Chris Clark, TE-Y
HT: 6-6 WT: 247
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Big 12

DeShon Elliott, S
HT: 6-2 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Big Ten

Penn State
Juwan Johnson, ATH
HT: 6-5 WT: 195
Positional Rank: No. 19 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN Junior 300: No. 214


Oregon State
Treshon Broughton, CB
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A (juco)
Stars: Evaluation pending

Josh Rosen, QB-PP
HT: 6-4 WT: 200
Positional Rank: No. 1 QB-PP
Stars: 4
ESPN Junior 300: No. 16


Justin Cantrell, TE
HT: 6-3 WT: 245
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Montavious Atkinson, OLB
HT: 6-2 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

South Carolina
Michael Bowman, WR
HT: 6-0 WT: 195
Positional Rank: No. 19 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN Junior 300: No. 147

Stephen Griffin, S
HT: 6-2 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending


South Florida
Deundre Pickett-White, ATH
HT: 6-0 WT: 192
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Trevon Sands, RB
HT: 5-11 WT: 181
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3


Kimane Domena, QB-DT
HT: 6-1 WT: 188
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3


Louisiana Tech
LaDante Davenport, DT
HT: 6-2 WT: 260

Brandon Durman, ILB
HT: 6-1 WT: 215

Aaron Roberson, CB
HT: 5-10 WT: 181

Trey Spencer, ATH
HT: 5-11 WT: 160

Dwaine Thomas, OLB
HT: 6-2 WT: 210

Ross Donelly, DT
HT: 6-2 WT: 300
Positional Rank: No. 21 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN Junior 300: No. 229

Hunter Herndon, ATH
HT: 6-4 WT: 236

Devin Glenn, RB
HT: 5-8 WT: 142

Ryan Barbour, TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 240

Jamarius Henderson, RB
HT: 5-11 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3


Central Michigan
Romello Ross, RB
HT: 5-10 WT: 175
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Western Michigan
Parker Underwood, TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 235

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

December, 23, 2013
There was plenty of recruiting action over the past week for the Big Ten Conference. With new offers, commitments and more, here is a look at the latest news.

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