Maurice Chandler said his recent visit to Arizona State did not have an effect on his decision to de-commit from Oklahoma.
But, the trip definitely increased ASU’s chances of being the new school he might commit to.
“I got a high interest in Arizona State,” said Chandler, a 6-foot-2, 195 pound cornerback at Northeast Oklahoma A&M. “Being down there, feeling the vibe I get from the coaching staff, the players on the team and the community and everything, it was real good feeling that home type of feeling.”
SoonersIllustrated.com reported that Chandler, a three-star junior college cornerback, de-committed from Oklahoma on Monday Nov. 2.
Chandler said he was at ASU for a visit from Thursday Oct. 29 until Saturday Oct. 31. Even though his de-commitment was only a couple days after the visit to ASU, Chandler said there were other reasons why he opened up his recruitment. He said it was a personal issue and after talking with his family, he wants to make sure he makes the right decision.
“It was more of a comfortable decision to make everybody back home happy that I was going to OU and it just wasn’t my decision,” Chandler said.
Originally from Lawton, Okla., Chandler got a thorough look inside the ASU program. Coaches of course prefer recruits witness a win for the home team on a visit, but Chandler got to see ASU battle and lose a heartbreaking overtime game against Oregon 61-55. He said players were emotional after the tough loss and saw how the coaching staff reacted after the game.
He liked what he saw in the locker room.
“After the game seeing coach Graham talk to the players, not yelling at them or anything, just really boosting their spirits and encouraging them,” Chandler said. “Even after a tough loss, that’s what players need nowadays.”
As a cornerback prospect, Chandler paid attention to the defensive backs and the secondary coaches. He enjoyed how the coaches got the players hyped for the game and tried to get a sense of the defensive scheme in action.
From what he saw, Chandler is impressed the way the defensive backs play.
“That’s what all NFL scouts are looking for the way they play man technique and the way their cover schemes are and the type of formations and the coverage that they run,” Chandler said.
Chandler said he wants to make more visits but did not name any other schools in particular. His junior college season is complete so he has time to focus on making other commitment.
But, he does not have too much time. Chandler said he is set to leave junior college in December and will be eligible to play for a Division I school in January next year.