Tight End Performs Well At AU Football Camp

A tight end from Georgia with good size and good hands is a prospect receiving attention from college recruiters.

Woodstock, Ga.--One of the more impressive prospects at Auburn's one-day football camp is a tight end with good hands named Tripp Chandler.

A starter for Woodstock High since his freshman year, Chandler is an interesting package of good size, good hands, good speed and good all-around athletic ability.

At 6-5, 230 pounds with a best time of 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, Chandler already has Division I offers and it won't be surprising if more are on the way during his senior season.

"My top five is Clemson, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Florida and Georgia," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. He has early scholarship offers from Florida, Clemson and Ball State and has been getting a lot of attention from Arkansas.

He says his time at a one-day Auburn football camp on Saturday was time well spent. "The camp was great," he says. "The coaches really took a lot of individual time with everybody and gave them a good insight on what they were doing wrong and what they needed to do to get better. The camp was just great. Coach (Tommy) Tuberville was just awesome with everybody. It was really cool to see Evander Holyfield, too."

Chandler is shown during a drill at Auburn's football camp.

Holyfield, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, gave a post-camp motivational speech to the several hundred prospects who attended the session. Holyfield's son is a walk-on wide receiver on the AU football team.

Chandler got some one-on-one time with Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville following the camp. "Coach (Don) Dunn introduced me to Coach Tuberville out on the field," Chandler says. "My uncle was actually a GA (graduate assistant coach) for him out at Arkansas State. They wanted me to talk to Coach Tuberville again so I went up to his office and talked to him for a few minutes."

The tight end, who bench presses 270 pounds, caught 18 passes for 420 yards as a junior and also saw action at defensive end. As a senior, he will also play defensive tackle.

After camping at Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Auburn, he plans to concentrate on his senior season at Woodstock High. "I am just trying to work hard and be a senior leader," he says. "Some of the team is kind of lazy and you have to keep them in shape. That is what we are doing right now along with getting ready for the first game."

With his size, Chandler makes an inviting target on pass routes. He says his strength as a player is his ability to escape coverage at the line of scrimmage and finding a way to get open. "My coach likes me to work to the middle of the field and if somebody just happens to stick with me just throw it up in the air and make it a jump ball," the tight end says.

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