Chalk up another star for Clemson tight end commit


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Chalk hopes to make another trip to Clemson in June
Chalk hopes to make another trip to Clemson in June

One of Clemson’s first commitments for the 2016 recruiting cycle picked up his fourth star Thursday in the latest recruiting rankings released by ESPN.

Tight end J.C. ChalkJ.C. Chalk
Tight End
6-4, 221
Argyle, TX

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out of Argyle (TX) committed to the Tigers last June during head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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’s high school camp, and it was Chalk who went from a 3-star to a 4-star prospect in the latest ESPN rankings.

Chalk said that while it was exciting to get that additional star, he still wants to focus more on team goals – both at Argyle and for Clemson.

“I was excited. It has been one of my goals for a while,” Chalk told TigerNet Friday. “Obviously, it's not that big of a deal. The biggest thing for me is that I want to go out there and perform this year for my high school team and then in the upcoming years with Clemson. It was exciting. I was happy to accomplish one of my goals.”

Chalk then said he was more excited about how it would affect Clemson’s recruiting rankings – the Tigers currently have ESPN’s 7th-ranked class – instead of his own stats.

“I don't know how much that changed, but it looks a lot a better on paper when you see a 4-star instead of a 3-star,” Chalk said. “It just seems a lot better. It also helps our class out quite a bit, just recruiting wise and how we stand on the charts. I'm excited. We've got a great class so far. We're pretty stacked at receiver, so I'm excited about that. We've got a big quarterback and then good offensive linemen. We've got good linebackers, so our class is shaping up pretty good right now.”

Chalk’s main recruiter at Clemson was former offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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, who now is the head coach at SMU, which sits about 45 miles from Chalk’s hometown. On staff at SMU is Chalk’s uncle – Keith Gunn. However, Chalk said he is still firmly committed to Clemson and working on building a relationship with recruiter and future position coach Danny PearmanDanny Pearman
Assist. Head / ST / TE
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.

“I mostly talk to Coach Pearman. We don't really talk about football,” he said. “It's mainly about just building a better relationship. Our relationship has gotten a lot better over the last couple of months because we've been talking more and more. I like him a lot. I feel like our personalities are about the same. We're a pretty good fit for each other. I've had a lot of fun getting to know him.”

His next trip to Clemson? Hopefully for Swinney’s camp in June.

“I think I'm coming for the first session of camp, but then after that I'm coming out there for a week and staying at the lake,” Chalk said.


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