January 30, 2012
Flashes land big receiver
One of the biggest needs in the 2012 recruiting class for Kent State is at the wide receiver position. On Sunday, the Flashes got some big news on that front as they landed a commitment from Columbus (Ohio) DeSales wide receiver Charles Chandler. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect was in Kent over the weekend on an official visit and the tall, athletic receiver saw all that needed to see out of the program.
"I went up this weekend and just got a tour of the school and how everything worked and I liked it a lot," explained Chandler. "Before I went up to visit, I did not have an offer and I met with coach (Darrell) Hazell at the end of my visit and they offered me."
For Chandler, picking up the offer from Kent State was a big moment as National Signing Day was quickly approaching and the Division I offers had not been rolling in.
"I was really excited, happy, it's hard to put in words," he said. "I'm excited that this process is finally over. I can finally say where I'm going and just focus on what I'm doing next year instead of worrying about if there will be a next year. It's definitely exciting and relieving that it's all over."
Chandler got the full campus tour while on his visit and was able to spend a lot of time with the coach that acted as his main recruiter throughout the process.
"I spent a lot of time with coach (Marcus) Freeman," he said. "We pretty much just walked around campus. We got to go to the locker room, the academic rooms, and the campus was really nice. I liked it a lot."
While nothing was promised to Chandler, the depth chart is setup for younger players to step in and compete for playing time and Chandler is hoping to do just that.
"Pretty much what they said was that everyone has an opportunity," Chandler explained. "That means that if I come in and work as hard as I can that I could end up playing next year so we'll just see how that works."
Either way, Chandler is looking forward to continuing the rapid improvement as a football player that he has enjoyed over the last few years.
"I'm just looking forward to getting better," he said. "I told my mom on the way up to Kent State that I'm excited about getting better."
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