Junior TE commits to Clemson at end of camp

June 11, 2014 

Rising junior TE JC Chalk (6-4 225) Argyle, TX spent the past few days camping at Clemson and before leaving he became the Tigers' first commitment for the 2016 class.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney already had ties to Chalk thru his grandfather, Gene Stallings, who was Swinney's coach at Alabama. That aside, Chalk saw plenty more things at Clemson to lead him to the quick decision.

"“It definitely showed me more," he said. "I've been talking to Clemson for a little bit. This was more of seeing how they coach and showing that they aren't just saying things and that this is actually how they live,” he said. “I just thought it was really important to see all of that. I love their coaching style and how they're not just going to worry about me being a better football player, but they want me to grow and be a better man. They are always going to want me back here even after I graduate. They'll always be supporting me and I'm grateful for that.”

Chalk also has early offers from Duke, Arizona State, Colorado State and Texas A&M. He had planned to visit Auburn Thursday but nixed those plans after making his commitment.

"I truly feel like that I've committed to the right place and I can eliminate the distraction of other schools," Chalk said. "Now I can slow the process down and completely shut down other schools and completely focus on Clemson.”

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