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Clark knows what he is looking for

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Rising sophomore tight end Chris Clark recently camped at a number of schools up and down the east coast and the Avon (Conn.) Avon Old Farms stand out came away with a few offers.
"I went to N.C. State, Syracuse, Penn State, Boston College, Duke and Maryland," said the 6-foot-5, 237-pound Clark. "N.C. State and Syracuse offered me.
"I had a really good showing at Penn State's camp," he said. "I got a chance to talk to Coach O'Brien for a little bit. I need to work on some things in the classroom but that shouldn't be a problem. The competition was really good at all of those camps and there were a lot of guys there. It was nice to go out and show my stuff. This was my first camp season."
There were a few things that stood out to Clark while on these visits.
"Penn State is basically 'tight end U'. The have four really solid tight ends that are probably going to play in the NFL," he said. "Coach O'Brien was saying they use their tight ends in a lot of different ways so I like the fact that they could help me be more versatile. N.C. State was basically the same way.
"Boston College uses their tight ends in a little more of a normal way," Clark said. "They put the tight ends in a three-point stance and want them to be hard nose and be able to block well.
"Syracuse was good," he said. "They were very first offer so I'll always remember that. I really liked Coach Shaffer and Coach McDonald.
"I'm definitely interested in schools that use their tight ends in a dynamic way," said Clark. "I wouldn't say the schools that want me basically as a blocking tight end in a three-point stance are at a disadvantage but I'd probably say the schools that want to move me around a lot or put me in the slot have a little bit of an advantage."
Clark was one of the top performers at the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge presented by Under Armour.
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