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After picking offers from an SEC and Big 12 school recently, three-star junior tight end Chris Clark of Avon (Conn.) Avon Old Farms has eight offers and firmly established himself as a top national target at his position.
"Recruiting has really started to blow up," said Clark, who is 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds. "My most recent offers are from Georgia, Texas Tech, Virginia and Temple.
"It's really nice to know that my hard work is paying off."
With the Bulldogs and Red Raiders being his two most recent offers, Clark shared his thoughts on both.
"I was really excited about Georgia since it's the best conference in college football and I really like Coach (John) Lilly, the tight end coach," said Clark. "Texas Tech was awesome too, because they love to throw the ball to the tight end. Their tight end has 97 catches on the season. That's incredible. Coach (Eric) Morris seems like an awesome guy as well."
Clark mentioned that Nebraska, Rutgers, Indiana, Vanderbilt and Penn State are some of the schools that are showing serious interest but have yet to offer.
"I mean there are others, but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head," he said.
With his offer total growing, and more interest coming his way, Clark is beginning to think about visits.
"I'm going to get down to Georgia in February, I'm going to Pitt's Junior Day, N.C. State's Junior Day and Texas Tech's Junior Day," Clark said. "I just want to get a feel for the schools, check out the campus, meet the entire coaching staff and just learn more about each program."
While it is early in his process, Clark did admit that two schools are currently standing out.
"Georgia is really intriguing because of the history of the program and they play against the toughest competition," he said. "Texas Tech too, because of how they get the tight end the ball and make him an important part of the offense."
As a junior, Clark finished his season with approximately 40 receptions for 430 yards and seven touchdowns.
"My blocking was definitely my biggest improvement," he said. "We really tried to pound the rock this year, and a lot of the runs were behind me. Although my numbers were low for my standard, coaches really wanted to see my blocking improve and it did."
Mike Farrell is the national football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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