Commitment Update: Ben Chandler

Del Oro HS LB Ben Chandler (Loomis, CA) became the first commitment for this year's Boise State Football recruiting class on June 7th. Ben spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his decision on Boise State, the Georgia game, the upcoming Oregon State game, and his team's first game of the season this Friday.

Del Oro HS LB Ben Chandler (Loomis, CA) is one of the top LB prospects for this year's recruiting class. Chandler (6-3.5, 207, 4.68) is a three star LB prospect by Scout.com and a future Bronco. How firm is his commitment? Some schools are still trying to recruit me," he said. "I stopped calling Washington State, Utah, and Utah State as soon as I committed. I'm solid."

Ben had an offer from Sacramento State prior to choosing Boise State, but Washington State, Fresno State, and Oregon were all close to offering. He went on to say that his official visit will most likely come after the season due to his football schedule, but he may be able to make the trip down to Fresno State when the Broncos take on the Bulldogs. 

Ben was recruited by BSU Safties Coach Robert Tucker. "Coach Tucker recruited me," he said. "He's a local guy from my area and I really relate to him." Coach Tucker has kept in touch with Ben and called him at exactly 12:00 a.m. on September 1st. "Coach Tucker called me at midnight and said he wanted to be the first guy to call me. He just wanted to check in on things and see how I was doing." Ben also offered his thoughts on Head Coach Dan Hawkins. "Coach Hawkins is a great guy. He really appeals to me because he tells it like it is."

The winning tradition that Boise State has established was very appealing to Ben. "I've only lost three games in my career and and I want to go to a place that wins. Boise State wins a lot. I just really like the Coaching Staff and the Boise area. Coach Hawkins is going to remain at Boise State for a long time as well, which is also appealing." 

Chandler watched the Georgia game on TV and shared his thoughts on the performance. "It was a tough game," he said. "Playing in the SEC is always going to be tough. You just can't turn the ball over." Ben plans on watching this Saturday's game at Oregon State and there is one player the Bronco defense needs to stop in his opinion. "The defense needs to shut down #28," he said. "Mike Hass is a great player."

Ben, like many others, believes that Boise State can compete in the Pac-10 week in and week out. "You can put Boise State in the Pac-10 and they'd be pretty dang successful," he said. "They proved last year that they can win against Oregon State."

You can't talk to a future Bronco without asking what they think of playing on the blue field. "I like the blue field," he said. "It's a great attraction. It attracts people and when you see the blue field on TV, you know it's Boise State." 

Ben and his Del Oro teammates have established a winning tradition much like the Boise State program the past few seasons. "We finished 12-1 last season," he said. "We finished #2 in the Sacramento Area." That one loss came in the Sectional Championship to Oak Ridge, whom they will play this Friday night in the season opener. Oak Ridge is home to Chandler Clemons who is a three star QB prospect by Scout.com.

Ben has set some very high goals for this upcoming season. "I want to win a League Championship, go undefeated, and be ranked #1 in the State. I just want us to go out and have fun." 

Last season, Ben had 105 tackles, 3 INTs, 3 blocked punts, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries on defense. He also saw a lot of time at the TE position and hauled in 38 receptions for 500 yards and 6 TDs.

With guys like Ben Chandler and Cody Hawkins on-board for this year's recruiting class, it's surely shaping up to be the best in Boise State history.

Ben is fully qualified as he carries a 2.95 GPA and a score of 1610 on the new SAT.


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