Maurice Chandler may be a relatively new name to Arizona State fans when it comes to recruiting, but the Sun Devils have been pursuing the defensive back for a long time.
A three-star cornerback at Northeast Oklahoma A&M junior college, Chandler was committed to Oklahoma until Nov. 2, when he decided to re-open his recruitment. ASU immediately became a prominent player in his recruitment.
Chandler, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, was in Tempe on Oct. 29 for ASU's game against Oregon. Exactly one month later, Chandler said ASU head coach Todd Graham and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson visited him at his junior college on Monday.
Graham and Patterson’s in-home visit was one more step in ASU’s four-year recruitment of Chandler.
“[My interest has] grown a whole lot,” Chandler said. “They’ve been recruiting me since I’ve been in high school, my junior year…That shows a lot too, showing that they’re never going to give up and everything. That kind of shows how bad they want me there, just showing that loyalty.”
Chandler went on to say that ASU gave him a “second chance.”
“Coming out of high school, I was a non-qualifier for my grades and then any school after that, seeing that, they can give up and then move on to the next guy, especially with all the recruits out there,” Chandler said. “But, them showing that and still recruiting me throughout these last couple years just showed a lot and just staying on me since then has been pretty big.”
Chandler said Graham did not say anything different on the in-home visit. Instead, it was their consistency that has stood out.
Graham and Patterson reiterated the same pitch they have telling him over the phone and on his official visit. They talked about the possibility of playing right away in a secondary that is losing three senior starters -- four including the team's nickel back.
Chandler also likes the fact that Graham is the head coach but still coaches the cornerbacks.
After Graham and Patterson visited Chandler at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla., they headed nearly 300 miles across the state to Chandler’s hometown of Lawton, Okla., to meet with his parents.
Chandler said he had not talked with his parents about the visit. But when he calls them, they will have a lot to discuss.
Chandler’s recruitment is in crunch time. He is set to leave junior college at the end of the fall semester and said his signing day is Dec. 16. Following his visit with ASU coaches Monday, Chandler tweeted, "decision time coming soon."
Therefore, he said he will discuss his options with his parents and should make his commitment in the next two weeks. Nebraska and TCU have also been under consideration.
He said Graham and Patterson are the only coaches who have made an in-home visit thus far.
Chandler had 14 total tackles and one pass breakup this season according to the National Junior College Athletic Association website.