Quick Hits with Chris Chancellor

Future Clemson defensive back has outstanding speed and natural talent.

DB Chris Chancellor
5-9, 160, 4.4
Edison High School
Miami, Florida
NR: 32 Rating: ***

The Stats: Chris Chancellor recorded 40 tackles, seven tackles for loss, six interceptions, and two fumble recoveries as a senior at Miami's Edison Senior High. As a junior, he collected 33 tackles, five interceptions and 13 pass break-ups. Chancellor, who was recruited to Clemson by recruiting coordinator David Blackwell, chose the Tigers over offers from Florida State, N.C. State, Florida, Auburn, Rutgers and Oklahoma State.

Strength: Chancellor has blazing speed and may be the best true cover corner in the 2005 recruiting class at Clemson. He also has considerable experience at cornerback, so he knows the position. In fact, he set his school's record for career interceptions with 23.

Why Clemson? "Clemson has a great program and I really like how they're in the ACC," said Chancellor. "Plus, my brother, Demerick Chancellor, is committed there. My family felt that it was also the best option for me. The coaches at Clemson loved it when I committed. Coach Bowden and Coach Blackwell were really excited about it and stuff. And we've also got some family that live 20 miles away in Anderson. All of these programs offered the same thing really -- the chance to compete for some early playing time. But my heart was with Clemson through all of this."

Tidbit: Chancellor said that the Tigers' reputation for sending defensive backs into the NFL was a big reason he eventually signed with Clemson. "Clemson is known for sending defensive backs to the league like Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, and now Justin Miller just left after his junior season. That has always been important to me," said the future Tiger.

Coach Blackwell Says: "We were very excited when Chris decided to commit to us. He's a natural cornerback that has a lot of pure speed. To be able to get both Demerick and Chris was a big deal in this class. Both of these players can fly, and both are going to be able to help out our football program."

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