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2016 National Signing Day: J.C. Chalk Signs with Clemson

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J.C. Chalk is a 6’4" 240-pound 3-star Tight End from Argyle, Texas. The consensus among the major scouting databases is that he is around the 20th ranked TE in the class of 2016.

Chalk became an outstanding run blocker in High School as a result of Argyle’s run-heavy spread offense. He needs to improve a bit on his route running, and he could definitely use some improvement on his top end speed with his 5.08-second 40-yard dash time. Despite his unimpressive speed, he has shown that he knows what to do with the ball once he gets it in his hands. He is great in picking up yards after the catch, and was even given some handoffs in the run game at Argyle.

He has had success lining up at the TE position, in the slot, and in the backfield at the Halfback spot. Argyle’s offense utilized Chalk very similar to the way Jordan Leggett was used in Clemson’s offense. With Leggett announcing that he will return to Clemson for the 2016 season, that allows Chalk another year to develop his route running skills and improve on his top end speed before he would be pushed into the starting role.

J.C. Chalk should fit in very well at the TE/HB spot in Clemson’s offense once Leggett graduates next year. He has shown that he can contribute in the run game with his blocking, and should be a good option in the pass game provided that he improves his route running, which is an issue for just about every TE/WR making the jump from the High School to the College level. While Chalk might not have all of the physical skills to be the next Jordan Leggett, he does play the game in a similar way and should fit in well in the Clemson offense in the future.

QT's Take:

The above paragraph covers things pretty well. Chalk was a Dabo connection that made this an easy recruitment despite the distance. The grandson of Gene Stallings wasn't going to be decommitting anytime during the process. Chalk does everything pretty well, which is what you want from a TE take, especially when you are loaded at the position like we currently are. If Chalk will bide his time, then he can be a good all around option for us. He can block, catch, underrated hands, and decent athleticism at his size. Definite redshirt.