Even before rescinding his commitment to Oklahoma several months ago, Maurice Chandler started focusing in on all that he felt an Arizona State scholarship had to offer.
A 6-foot-2, 195 pound cornerback at Northeast Oklahoma A&M, Chandler visited ASU for its game against Oregon on Oct. 28, then de-committed early the following week and the Sun Devils became an immediate frontrunner.
Monday, Chandler decided to commit to the Sun Devils over his other finalist, Nebraska. He's a mid-year transfer who can sign with ASU as soon as Dec. 16.
"I just feel like it was the right decision for me," Chandler said. "Talking with [defensive graduate assistant Ray] Brown all the time and coach (Chris) Ball and coach (Todd) Graham and coach (Keith) Patterson, it has a family feeling at ASU. It feels like the most comfortable move for me for the next two years.
"I'm really excited. The expectation is to come in and start for the two years and make it to the league and get my degree first off all."
Chandler knows the Sun Devils graduate both starting cornerbacks as well as their starting nickel back and boundary cornerback. He saw it, along with ASU's recent success with junior college players, as strong reasons to select ASU.
"What they've done with players like me is a big factor, especially graduating 100 percent of their junior college players, working with the academic advisors, talking with them, just shows how much they care about their junior college players and making sure all their players succeed outside of football," Chandler said.
Style of play was also a major deciding factor for the mid-year transfer, with ASU's pressure heavy defense putting cornerbacks in man coverage providing the type of film Chandler wants to have to show NFL teams in a couple of years.
"It was a big factor because at the school I'm at now that's all we play is press man," Chandler said. "In the Pac-12 you're going to get league looks, people going to the league every year and teams are all running the spread so you're going to get a lot of league looks there.
"I'm trying to be all-Pac-12, lead the nation in interceptions, really get my stats right for the league so I'll be good and set up for the next year."
ASU has been recruiting Chandler since he was a high school junior in Lawton, Oklahoma. He's especially glad to now have the opportunity to fulfill something he's talked about often with Devon Davis, his brother who is seven years older.
"My brother didn't get to finish his football career," Chandler said. "He ended up dropping out of NEO, that's the school I'm at now. He didn't get to finish the dreams and aspirations he had for the game. It just is very big because I grew up looking up to him and wanted to be like him my whole life. It's real big to basically live out his dreams with my opportunity.
"I talk to him all the time about recruiting and all that stuff. He's always told me to keep praying about it and talk to my parents in order to make sure I make the right decision for me."