When it comes to access to recruiting information twitter is often a blessing, but sometimes it’s a curse. It turned out to be the latter for Chris Clark earlier this week when a tweet he made about receiving his formal offer from Alabama was interpreted as a sign that his commitment to Michigan was weakening.
Official offer from bama came in today— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) August 5, 2014
“It was just that I officially got the l letter,” Clark explained. “It’s Alabama so it’s an honor, but it has nothing to do with my recruitment. I’m 100% Michigan. It’s was just one of those things where it was kind of cool to have it in writing.”
With a firm pledge to the Maize & Blue in his back pocket, the five-star standout has enjoyed not having to deal with the rat-race that is recruiting. The absence of that distraction has allowed him to get in a great deal of quality time with family and friends… an opportunity he doesn’t get when he is away at boarding school for most of the year. That in part explains why he chose to decline an invitation to Nike’s The Opening last month. He’d make the same decision again if he had it to do over. He has but one minor regret.
“I kind of did miss a little bit (the chance) to compete with everyone and show that I’m the best at my position, but I didn’t really mind because I’ll have a chance what I can do at the Under Armour game,” Clark stated. “I just had some things that were kind of more important than that. (Not going) really wasn’t a big deal.”
Clark’s decision to pass on the trip west with the rest of the country’s top prospects hasn’t slowed down his efforts to recruit many of them to Michigan. Just last week two of the targets he’d been working on made their decisions, and one opted to become a Wolverine.
“I was trying to recruit Auden Tate that wide receiver that just committed to Florida State,” stated Clark. “I was little bummed about that. I tried to talk to (new Michigan commit) Mike Weber and also Darian Roseboro the defensive end out of North Carolina. And then T.J. Wheatley… I talk to him a good amount.”
“Whoever the coaches want me to talk to, I do. We have a group chat with all of the commits. Malzone is always talking to the staff about guys they really like, so we kind of just do our best to stay in contact and talk to all of the recruits (they’re interested in) from around the country.”