RECRUITING: Chris Chancellor expands list to four

Miami Edison cornerback Chris Chancellor is a skilled athlete who has drawn the attention of college coaches and scouts across the southeast. Just two weeks ago, he named a top three of Florida State, Rutgers, and Oklahoma State but now it appears his list could be expanding.

Chancellor's interest in the Gators began only recently, so he's a new addition to Florida's wish list. He talked with about the season he had at Edison.

"I missed four games this year with a bad ankle sprain," he said. "I ended up with six interceptions and about 33 tackles. I had five touchdowns from two kick returns, two interception returns, and one punt return."

Chancellor likes to play in your face defense, no matter who the competition is.

"I cover man to man," he said. "I get to cover the best receiver every game. I basically am a lock down corner. Every time the ball is in the air, I think it is mine. I have 23 interceptions in three years."

He shrugs off the notion that he is too small to compete at any level. He feels play making ability, tenacity and desire say much more than prototypical size.

"Some people say I am small, I am only like 5-10 and 163 pounds," he explains. "Once I get to college they will take care of that with workouts and stuff. I am an aggressive bump and run guy, I always want to play one on one."

Although Florida only got into his picture recently, the Gators have closed ground quickly.

"Yes I want to visit [Gainesville]," said the corner who is rated three stars by "I was trying to get set up for January 14, or Jan. 21."

He has had multiple contact with the new staff and some of the old,

"I talked to Coach Heater and Coach Strong and they came out to the school," he said. "Coach Red kept in contact and it is close to home."

While he hasn't yet met new Gator boss Urban Meyer in person, that doesn't mean there isn't contact.

"I get hand written letters from Coach Meyer," he said.

He has a well thought out plan for where he will spend his college football career. Football is important, but he has other concerns. He said the depth chart at any school isn't going to sway him.

"A school may have a lot of cornerbacks …anywhere you go there are going to be a lot of corners," he said. "All you can do is go in and hope to compete against the best. There is going to be competition everywhere."

"I want all the coaches to treat me fair. Academic wise, I want to see that they have a lot of athletes graduate."

He is on track to be academically qualified for the 2005 season. He is solid in the classroom and he's tested well.

"School is going great," he said. "My core GPA is like a 2.8 - 2.9 and I scored 16 twice on my ACT. I already passed my FCAT."

He's expanded his wish list to four schools, but will wait until he's completed all his visits to rate them in order of preference.

"I have like four schools: Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Oklahoma State," he said. "I haven't visited anyone but Oklahoma State and Rutgers. When I visit the others I can rate them."

In a recruiting year when the Gators have a serious need for quality cornerbacks, Chris Chancellor provides a nice option because he is a fine athlete and because he keeps the recruiting pipeline open to South Florida where there is always plenty of talent.

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