Jim Harbaugh has a long (but still short) road ahead of him if he wants to put together a respectable 2015 recruiting class at Michigan. One name near the top of the to-get list is four-star tight end Chris Clark (Avon, Conn.), one of the top tight ends in the class.
Tom Loy of 247Sports.com spoke to Clark recently, and the 6-foot-6, 247-pound tight end’s finalists were revealed: Michigan and UCLA.
“I got UCLA as my leader,” said Clark. “The last couple of days, I’ve been talking a lot to [head] Coach [Jim] Mora and I just have a really good feeling about coach, his staff and UCLA. I just need to get out there for a visit. And with Michigan, I don’t know too much about [head] Coach [Jim] Harbaugh. I need to meet him in person to get a good feel about him. There’s a part of me that feels UCLA is going to be the place for me, but I need to take both visits and see what happens. It’ll definitely come down to just these two. I’m not 100 percent sure on the dates, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be at UCLA Jan. 16 and then Michigan on Jan. 23.”
So it appears as if Michigan and Jim Harbaugh will be leaving the last impression with Clark. And with Harbaugh’s spark/enthusiasm/spunk, that could be a very nice advantage for the Wolverines in the end.
In some (maybe) related news, UCLA head coach Jim Mora has deleted his Twitter account. This of course has sparked conversation of him heading back to the NFL, possibly to coach the Raiders or Jets or 49ers.
No matter the potential move, though, it is very safe to assume that Clark would land in Ann Arbor without Mora at UCLA. And beyond that, Harbaugh could very well use that west coast connection to pull in a few other current Bruins commits.
But maybe that’s seeing a little too far ahead.
For now, know that Michigan is very much so in the running for Clark, and Harbaugh will have the last real chance to make an impression on him.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.
Clark has set his official visit dates for Michigan and UCLA, and it turns out the Wolverines won’t be getting the last crack at the four-star tight end.
— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) January 4, 2015