News surfaced on Wednesday night that highly regarded tight end, Chris Clark, has set three official visits as he plans to transfer from UCLA. It turns out Pitt will be one of the three schools to receive a visit from him and he reportedly has plans to take his official visit to Pittsburgh on October 10, during the team's home game with Virginia. He will also visit Virginia and North Carolina State officially, but there is sure to be more schools involved.
Clark is a true freshman that has announced he would like to transfer away from UCLA. He was one of the top recruits in the entire country last season. He checked in as the nation's number one tight end, and had offers from everybody, and I literally mean everybody - Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas, and USC highlighted his offer sheet. He's a big time player. Pitt's previous staff also offered, but as you can see, they had quite a bit of competition in that recruitment.
Clark has a unique situation, because he may have to sit out next season on top of this one. The transfer rules are unclear, but he did appear in one game for the Bruins before making his intentions to transfer known. It will be interesting to see if he gets some kind of waiver, but in Pitt's situation, it would obviously be worth the wait. Much like his original recruitment, this one will be highly competitive, but it's nice that some of the big names will be out of the running. Pitt is already getting his first visit, and there is some familiarity between Clark and head coach Pat Narduzzi from his days as an assistant at Michigan State.
I think it is worth noting that Narduzzi seems to be hitting the transfer wire pretty hard as a head coach. DeWayne Hendrix was a coveted transfer that committed to the Panthers and is expected to make a huge impact in 2016. Nathan Peterman has already made his presence felt this season, and it's becoming clear this Pitt staff can identify and attract talent on the transfer market.
Tight End is also an important position for the Panthers. Both JP Holtz and Scott Orndoff have made big plays this season, and with Holtz being a senior and Orndoff as a junior, it would be imperative to add some talent to the position. Pitt currently has zero commitments from tight ends in the last recruiting class and the current one. Needless to say, his addition would be a big one.