October 15, 2012

LB/Safety pulls down offer from the Black Knights

Calvin Chandler is a hybrid linebacker/safety, who is currently holding offers from Air Force, Navy, Wyoming and most recently from the Black Knights of Army and brought GoBlackKnights.com up to speed with his recruiting.

"My recruiting is going well," says Chandler, who is out of Lakewood (Wa.) Bellarmine Prep. "I've just been focusing on the season ahead of me and still on the weekends calling coaches and talking to them. I've been communicating through email, Facebook and making sure that they know that I am interested in them. It's been good communication on both sides."

"I have visited some schools, but I have not visited any of the schools that have offered me yet. I'm waiting to do that after the season when I have some time."

Chandler took a few moments to elaborate on his most receive verbal offer, which came from Army three weeks ago. "I have been in contact with coach Shields (Ian) for a really long time," offers Chandler. "He came during my junior season to my school and I talked to him for awhile. We've been communicating for some time and I've been calling him a lot throughout the summer. He started emailing me recently ... about two months ago, kind of out of the blue. Because once two-a-days started, I kind of stopped hearing from him and then he started emailing me and calling me again. Then he called me on the phone one day and say that they are really interested in me and plan on offering me. He said that they just have to figure out ... really just needed to get some paper work done. He told me that he was going to get the information into Army's head coach (Rich Ellerson) and after that he said he would call me back and let me know if I had an offer or not."

According to Chandler, what followed soon after truly caught his attention. "So he called me the next day and told me I had an offer," he adds. "I was overwhelmed just such an honor that such a school like West Point would give me full ride scholarship. It really meant a lot. Not only is it a great program academically and athletically, but they just great support there and the coaches there are phenomenal also."

Honored

"I am definitely interested in Army. It is something that I've always talked to my parents about. Just because my grandfather was in the Army, even though he didn't go to West Point, but he served in the military. He said that it was something that he was really thankful that he did. Not only did it put him in a great position for the rest of his life, but it really taught him a lot of great value."

"It (West Point) is such a prestigious school, it's history and it means so much to do something for your country, that I'm definitely very interested in," continues Chandler. "I just need to sit down more with parents and think about it. Because it's not really a four year commitment as other schools are, but a lifestyle commitment that I am open to."

Needless to say, academics is a major component it where the Bellarmine Prep prospect will call home in 2013.

"I am interested in business or medicine and pursuing one of those degrees," says Chandler, who currently maintains a 3.9 GPA. "So which every school offers the best fit is probably the one that I am most interested in."

Speaking of 2013 ... Chandler knows that he has the athletic and physical make-up play one or two different positions in college. "I play a safety/outside linebacker hybrid and I bounce around in the box," says the hard hitting defender. "So I just play wherever the coach likes me to play at. I don't have a preference at the next level. I just think it depends on how my body pans out. Two years ago I was playing about 190 pounds and at that time I thought I would be leaning on playing safety in college. But I've gained a lot of muscle since then and I'm about 215 now. My dad was a big guy and played offensive line at the University of Washington, so I'm not really sure how big I'm going to get to be honest."

"All the schools have told me I could either play both, depending on what they see me as once I get over there."

Through it all, Chandler projects himself at outside linebacker at the next level, but said that he likes safety equally as well.

In addition to football, Chandler has a presence in track & field, where he runs the 100M, 200M and 400M. "I like to do both on a competitive side and keep me in shape for football," says Chandler who made it to the state championship for the 400m and has a personal best of 49.7.

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