January 4, 2012
Chandler is a hidden gem
Every year around this time, a few virtually unknown senior football prospects emerge in Ohio as viable Division I prospects. This year, Columbus (Ohio) De Sales wide receiver Charles Chandler is one that falls into that category. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound receiver had an outstanding senior season for the Stallions, hauling in over 600 yards worth of receptions and making some eye-popping catches. Chandler is starting to generate some buzz on the recruiting trail and the Kent State Flashes are staying ahead of the curve on this talented prospect.
"I talked to (linebackers coach) Marcus Freeman," explained Chandler. "He told me I could find out (about an offer) in a week or so. I talk to coach Freeman a lot and he seems like a really cool guy. I was just on their website and I liked what I saw so I'd like to go up there on a visit and see how I like the college. I've never really been to Kent State but I just want to go there and see how everything goes."
Chandler is looking at a late January visit to Kent State, as he tries to work around his basketball schedule.
"The date right now is the weekend of the 22nd of January," he said. "The only thing is how my basketball schedule looks. That is the set date that I want to go, I just have to see what my basketball schedule is and I'll find that out soon."
As Chandler's impressive senior film has started to make the rounds, colleges are beginning to show more interest in the big, physical receiver.
"I've been hearing a lot from Kent State," Chandler said. "Notre Dame College (in Ohio), Elon, and Youngstown State have also been calling. I haven't heard from too many D1 schools so I'm hoping that starts to happen."
Chandler was a standout on both sides of the ball his senior year, playing both wide receiver and corner for the Stallions.
"I think I had a pretty good season," he said. "It was my first year playing defense so I was actually excited about doing that. I think I did pretty good for it being my first year at corner so that was a lot of fun. At receiver I knew I wasn't going to get a ton of touches (in De Sales' run heavy offense) but I caught around 20 passes. I had a goal to make the most of the chances that I got and I think I did that. Last year I had 22 catches for like 225 yards and this year I had 22 catches for over 600 yards so I think I made bigger plays."
Chandler added that he will use the month of January to see what options are available and will likely make a decision around National Signing Day.
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