Rivals250 tight end Chris Clark caught many people off guard when he committed to North Carolina on March 16. Now the Avon (Conn.) Avon Old Farms star is planning on visiting a few other schools.
"I definitely rushed this whole process," said the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Clark. "My mom wasn't upset that I committed to North Carolina. She was upset that I committed so early. I'm going to go into these visits really open-minded and compare them to UNC. I'm not going to say I'm not committed anymore because I haven't even talked to the UNC coaches about that yet. They know I'm going on visits but I need to talk with them tonight about all of this. They know where my mom stands with all of this and I rushed this whole thing. I have a ton of time left and I didn't do my due diligence to myself to check out other schools."
Clark's first visit on tap is to Notre Dame this coming weekend.
"I'm not going to be flipping my commitment this weekend at Notre Dame," he said. "I'm going to wait until I have finished taking all my visits and really think about which ones I liked most. The visit this weekend could help me flip in the future if I like it in South Bend. This is going to be a really important weekend for me. My mom has been on campus a bunch of times and she tells how beautiful a place it is. Her whole side of the family love Notre Dame. I'm excited to see it for the first time."
"I really want to learn what Ohio State's plan is for the tight end going forward," Clark said. "This past season they didn't use the tight end as much as I would have liked. Coach Meyer says that's going to change big time so I'm excited to hear what he has to say about that. I think I'll also get an opportunity to hang out with the players and check out the campus.
"Michigan is one of those schools that I really like a lot," he said. "I like coach Nussmeier and coach Ferrigno, the tight ends coach."
Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan aren't the only three schools Clark wants to visit again.
"Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and Georgia are the only other schools I'm really looking at," said Clark. "I really need to get back down to Georgia for another visit. That will probably happen after these three, probably in June."
Controversy like this isn't uncommon in the world of college football recruiting but Clark says the media firestorm and backlash from fans is not what he is trying to go for.
"People are going to say that I'm doing this for attention," he said, "This is a big time decision in my life and I have to make sure I'm really making the best decision for me. North Carolina might be the school I end up at but it would be unfair and not right for me to not visit other schools. I think I rushed the commitment and I do apologize for that but at the moment it felt right. I'm a young kid and I didn't understand what kind of research I needed to do. I've said all along that I was going to visit Ohio State and Notre Dame so that would make me kind of a phony if I didn't visit them."
Clark is currently the seventh ranked tight end in the country and 176 overall.