Former UCLA TE Chris Clark says he's headed to Syracuse

Former UCLA tight end Chris Clark says he’s headed to Syracuse.

Clark, the top-rated tight end in the 2015 recruiting class, announced the move on his Twitter account on Friday.

Clark, who said he plans to enroll at Syracuse in January, told that the school’s proximity to home helped him choose the Orange over Pittsburgh, his other finalist. Clark played high school ball at Avon Old Farms, a boarding school in Avon, Conn., but is a native of Ridgefield, N.J.

"Just because of how comfortable I feel there," Clark said. "All the guys on the team I felt really comfortable with. It's really close to home and I like the closeness of the school. It's just a good fit.”

Clark played in UCLA’s season opener against Virginia but left the school a few weeks later. Clark reportedly missed part of preseason practice while dealing with a bout of mononucleosis.

At Syracuse, Clark will likely have to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules, though he said the school could pursue a waiver in hopes of getting him on the field next year.

Clark, a four-star recruit, was rated as the No. 79 overall prospect in the country by He previously verbally committed to both North Carolina and Michigan before signing with UCLA. 

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