JUCO corner high on Sun Devils

Arizona State is deeply involved with a rangy and fast mid-year junior college transfer candidate at cornerback, Northeast Oklahoma A&M standout Maurice Chandler.

Arizona State offered Oklahoma cornerback Maurice Chandler as a member of the 2013 class out of high school but Chandler ended up going the junior college route and the Sun Devils remain involved.

Now a 6-foot-1, 190 pound athlete at Northeast Oklahoma A&M, Chandler was visited along with teammates by ASU secondary coach Chris Ball Wednesday and considers ASU a serious contender for his future services.

"I'm talking to them and am looking forward to getting to know the coaches more and meeting with coach (Todd) Graham and coach (defensive graduate assistant Ray) Brown," Chandler said. "I know they have a good program and everything. I like what they're doing football-wise and I like the coverage they run, it's my favorite type of coverage so that's one of the reasons they're very high on my list."

Chandler redshirted his first year at the school and is scheduled to be a December graduate who will have two years to play two seasons at the BCS level.

"I'm still trying to set [an ASU official visit] up when I get free time, depending on whether it's during the summer or the season," Chandler said. ""I know about (former ASU safety Damarious) Randall and the success he had (projected by some analysis to be a first-round NFL pick) and also just how they like recruiting junior college players in general and have done well with them, so that's something else I like about them."

Helping players go from junior college to the NFL is important to Chandler, and something he'll consider when taking visits to his other top choices, which currently includes Louisville, Nebraska and Oklahoma, all of which have offered a scholarship, he said.

"I'm not afraid to leave home and all of that," he said. "Local is not a big deal with me. I would go anywhere and play. The close to home doesn't bother me a lot.

"It's just the percentage of defensive backs they send out to the league and the coach I have to help me to do, that's kind of big because that's what I'm trying to do."

Going the junior college route is something Chandler said helped him and now he's more prepared to move on and have success at the next level.

"It just kind of humbled me a lot and my redshirt year made me a better player," he said." Working with the coach I'm with now, coach Gray, he really helped out my game, kind of critiqued a lot of things and made me a better athlete and better player."


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