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Texas could receive visit from Michigan TE commit Chris Clark
The Horns could soon enter the mix with the out-of-state prospect.
Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke is on the hot seat in Ann Arbor and the Texas Longhorns could take advantage on the recruiting trail.
Multiple reports on Monday suggest that the Horns could eventually receive a visit from Wolverines tight end commit Chris Clark, a 6'6, 250-pounder from Avon (Conn.) Old Farms.
Clark has been committed to Michigan since June, but there is some thought that he doesn't currently consider himself a pledge to the Wolverines and a potential coaching change could force him to officially open up his recruitment. A report from 247Sports indicates that he's already been in contact with a current Texas commit.
Michigan is currently reeling from yet another loss, while Hoke has come under fire for continuing to play quarterback Shane Morrison Saturday after Morris appeared to suffer a head injury. Many fans are calling for Hoke to be fired as a result.
Holding a number of offers from around the country, Clark visited schools like North Carolina, Arizona State, Ohio State, and Tennessee before and directly after his pledge to Michigan. Notre Dame and Georgia were also considered strong contenders for his services at one time.
He's a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 2 tight end nationally, the No. 2 player in the state of Connecticut, and the No. 79 player overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
On film, it's not hard to see why Clark sits near the top of the rankings at his position. Capable of creating separation from an inside receiver position or road-grading opponents from a three-point stance, Clark is a fluid athlete who can high-point the football. Just as importantly, he projects as an early contributor because of his blocking experience and the fact that he doesn't need to add mass to survive as a blocker.
An official visit may be in the works for Clark and the Horns are entering his recruitment at a late date and, if or when Clark officially opens up his recruitment, will be going head-to-head with top programs that have already built a relationship with him.
It's always an extreme long shot to land an elite prospect based on one official visit, but there's nothing wrong with trying considering that tight end is a major position of need for Texas in the 2015 class.
Texas adds South Florida to its schedule in 2019, 2022 and 2024
The Longhorns add more games to its non-conference schedule that won't happen for a long time.
Texas moved quickly to replace the 2019 Notre Dame non-conference game lost last week in a scheduling shuffle, adding a home-and-home series with South Florida that'll have the Longhorns and Bulls meeting for the first time.
Texas will host USF in 2019 and 2024, and travel to Tampa to play at USF in 2022. It'll be the fourth-ever game Texas has played in the state of Florida. Texas opened up UCF's on-campus stadium in 2007, a game that almost ended in disaster. After the game, Mack Brown said the Longhorns, "would never open up an opponents' stadium again." UT also played at Miami in 1973 and at Florida in 1940.
Texas travels to Ann Arbor in 2024 in the first of a two-game series with Michigan. Other notable non-conference football match-ups in the future include Notre Dame, Maryland, USC and Ohio State. The Longhorns also host Central Florida in 2017.
If the Big 12 were to expand to 12 teams, UCF and USF could be schools the conference might target, along with BYU. The Big 12 could benefit by moving south and east, where college football is most powerful and prominent.