Chandler Looking Forward To Being A Red Wolf

Jerrod Chandler is the kind of player any coach would want. Aside from his athletic ability, Chandler (6-foot-1.5, 205 pounds) has a great attitude.

"I just wanna play wherever I can to to help my team win," he said.

In his career at Barton, one of the most successful programs in state history, Chandler, who committed to the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Monday night, has been all over the field.

"I have played everything but quarterback and center," he said. "I am hoping to get the run the ball a little more this year."

And it is not only on the football field where he competes for the Bears.

"I play basketball," he said. Usually, forward or center. And I run track. In track I run 100, 400, 4-by-4 and 4-by-1 relays, the shot put and long jump. We only had five guys."

Arkansas State offered Chandler after he attended a camp in June.

ASU was the first school to offer although he receiver an offer from UA-Birmingham on his return trip from a camp in Fayetteville Saturday. At that camp he ran a pair of 4.4 (4.49 and 4.44) 40-yard dashes.

He said ASU told him they see him as a defensive end or linebacker.

"I like it there," he said. "I have been up there a lot of times. I liked how they offered me and the stayed with me."

Chandler said the lead recruiter was defensive assistant Steve Caldwell.

A top performer in the weight room, Chandler has a 315-pound bench press, 550 squat, 260 power clean and 600 pounds dead lift.

Barton reached the title game in 2011 and lost to Charleston. The Bears went out in the second round last year against Paris.

"We have 20 seniors coming back and only lost five players,'' he said. "We have big plans."