Avon (Conn.) Old Farms' Chris Clark headlines the changes in the East Region rankings in the class of 2015 as he earned his fifth star, and was slotted into the No. 1 tight end in the nation by Scout.com.
The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Clark is looking at a handful of schools, and each are now competing for the services of the nation's best tight. He added he will make his decision at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., in July.
"I always thought I had the ability to be at the top of the list," said Clark, who is No. 27 overall in the class. "I know there are some really other great tight ends in this class, so to be considered the No. 1 guy, it means a lot. It's something I'm definitely excited about."
He joins the Virginia trio of Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith defensive end Josh Sweat, Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle and Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's defensive end Ricky DeBerry as five-star prospects in the region.
"Coaches say I'm really rare for tight end," Clark said. "I have the ability to put my hand in the dirt. Coming out of high school, a lot of (tight ends) are just receivers. They don't really know the tight end position yet, until they get to college and they have to red-shirt and put the weight on."
The combination of speed, power, hands, physical strength, blocking ability and route running all led Clark to the top of the tight end list.
"One of the best words I can use to describe a football player is 'tenacious', and Clark is absolutely tenacious," Scout.com director of scouting Scott Kennedy said. "It doesn't matter if he's lining up at defensive end, outside linebacker, blocking tight end, or slot receiver, he does everything with the mindset of dominating his opponent.
"Looking at the combination of his size and athleticism, his non-stop ability to attack, and his skill of playing different positions from blocking, catching, disengaging from blockers, or occupying double teams, we're looking at a five-star college prospect, and the best tight end I've seen this year."
Clark, who is from New Jersey, made 39 catches for 417 yards and six touchdowns as a junior, which is when he experienced a breakout season.
"I put on a lot of weight going into my junior year," Clark said. "I got a lot bigger and a lot stronger, and definitely a lot thicker. I put on about 40 pounds from training after my sophomore season, and I definitely saw that translate to the field because my strength got better.
"I got better with my route running, and I was always a natural with pass catching, even when I was a little kid."
- Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton four-star Matthew Burrell had his projected position shifted from offensive tackle to offensive guard.
- UCLA commit Jaason Lewis of Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes had his projected position shifted from receiver to running back.
- Sweat moved from the No. 10 prospect overall to No. 6.