Early in the summer, 2017 Jefferson (Ga.) three-star offensive tackle Caleb Chandler decided to commit to Iowa State on June 19 following a weekend visit to Ames.
The Cyclones had long made Chandler a top priority and his visit to campus sealed the deal after months of constant communication with Matt Campbell and Tom Manning. Just over two weeks later, Chandler elected to re-open his recruitment and allow the selection process to continue. Not that the the Cyclones were a bad option, but the timing of the announcement seemed to be a bit sudden.
There were no hard feelings at all between the Cyclones coaching staff and the No. 22nd ranked offensive tackle according to Scout. He still remains a top target for the staff in the current cycle, and as for Chandler, Iowa State is still very well in the mix.
“As a program, Iowa State’s a great program. It has great coaches and support staff,” Chandler said about Iowa State. “It's a great place to go get a great education as well. I thought it was about just going to school and playing football. I didn't think about my family or talk with them about it, so I wanted to de-commit."
Chandler's top options after he de-committed on Twitter, now include Florida, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State and Georgia Southern in addition to Iowa State. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Chandler has scheduled official visits to Florida (Oct. 8th), Miami (Oct. 15th), and has a tentative visit set to Iowa State for November 3rd. He also took official visits to Mississippi State (Sept. 10th), and Louisville (Sept. 17th). However, he is also receiving interest from Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.
“There are a few schools I'm looking at and Iowa State is up there. Florida, Miami and there is a couple of schools pursuing me and wanting me. I will be visiting Iowa State sometime in November or December, I’m still planning.”
Even when Chandler backed off his commitment from the Cyclones, Matt Campbell and offensive line coach Tom Manning never backed off and still have Chandler high on their list. The strong relationship with the staff, has Chandler very comfortable.
“Our relationship is strong, we talk a lot. We just talk about how I need to get up to the campus and check out the place: talks about my season as well. They will tell me I need to do what's best for me, and will be happy wherever I decide to go and that'll leave it up to me where I decide to go.”
Chandler is not looking to have to de-commit again like he had to with Iowa State. The factors he’s looking for in his next school is comfort, education and can they win. He still hasn’t quite decided on when he will announce his commitment, but it isn’t likely he will make his college choice until sometime in December or possibly until National Signing Day.