With the news that former starting fullback Quayvon Hicks would make the move to tight end, in light of Jay Rome’s injury keeping him out of action, the Bulldogs will enter the spring practice session with zero starting experience at that position.
Currently, the depth chart lists both Rome and Jordan Davis, with Jeb Blazevich and Hunter Atkinson not due to arrive until summer, so it makes sense that Georgia is already looking ahead to adding more depth to the position via targets in this year’s recruiting class.
One name to remember will be that of Chris Clark (Avon, CT). At 6-6, 247, Clark has the size and skill set John Lilly loves to see in a tight end, and if the Dawgs can continue making a good case for themselves, Clark is certainly willing to keep his options open:
“I actually just spoke with Coach (Mark) Richt and Coach (John) Lilly yesterday,” Clark said. “The coaches have been in contact a lot since I have been there. I think I am going to try to get back down to visit at some point in June.”
Clark added about UGA, “They are definitely a school that is going to be in the running until the end I am pretty sure.” (Rusty Mansell, Dawgs247)
Clark, not unlike former tight end Arthur Lynch, is a phenomenal blocker (particularly in the run game) first, pass catcher second. He can make the big grab, in traffic, and secure the crucial down, when needed but, unlike Blazevich, he isn’t likely to be mistaken for a wide receiver.
That said, he’s got a good bit of ceiling and could mature into a very capable, competent, and complete tight end at the next level.
It will be interesting to see how he fares against bigger, better, competition this summer, but you can bet Georgia will have plenty of competition for him in 2015— and, for now, I’d say he’s an Ohio State lean.