Argyle (Texas) 2016 tight end J.C. Chalk picked up early offers from Arizona State, Duke, Clemson, and Colorado State and saw interest from Auburn, Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU. His options were plentiful, but it did not take long for him to figure out where he wanted to play his college football.
"I committed to Clemson about a month or two ago and I'm pretty solid on that commitment," Chalk said. "But there still are schools reaching out to me and Texas A&M and Arizona State are probably the hardest ones. But I'm going to stay with Clemson unless something crazy happens for me to change."
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound standout may have committed to Clemson a month ago, but he first knew Clemson was the place for him well before making his decision known.
"Probably after my freshman year," Chalk said. "I went there for a camp and I really liked it then. Then when I came back my sophomore year after they offered me, I went with my parents and we all just kind of knew that was it."
What was it about the Clemson program? What put the Tigers so far ahead of everyone else?
"Just how much of a family atmosphere it was," Chalk said. "It wasn't a huge campus so it was kind of easy to get around. Then also the coaching staff I liked a whole bunch."
Chalk, whose grandfather coached current Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, plans to make it back to Clemson to soak in the campus and the family atmosphere in the very near future.
"I don't have any planned right now, but I'm going to Clemson probably for the Louisville game and the South Carolina game," Chalk said.
Chalk attended the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge in Jacksonville, Fla., and as a sophomore in 2013 he recorded seven receptions for 90 yards. He was also named first-team all-district on the basketball court.