Maurice Chandler talked K-State offer

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Maurice Chandler showed he can play some ball in his first year at Lawton (Okla.) High School. To substantiate that, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back now holds six Division 1 offers. He received his first offer in early spring from Texas Tech and Kansas State quickly followed suit.

"When I spoke to Coach Hayes he said he liked my size," said Maurice Chandler. "There aren't too many six-foot cornerbacks out there. He told me he liked how I played in man coverage and also liked my speed."

Kansas State was very interested, among with many others, in Chandler's teammate D.J. Ward, a defensive lineman who committed to Oklahoma in April. Now they're recruiting two Lawton Wolverines other than Ward.

"They just offered my teammate Ivan Thomas today," Chandler said. "I haven't had a chance to get out [to Manhattan] yet, but I'm hoping to take a trip this summer.

"I've just been to Texas Tech for a spring scrimmage, which was when I got offered, Oklahoma for their spring game, and Oklahoma State. I'm going back to Oklahoma for a camp over the summer, and OSU has been talking to me about playing the slot."

Chandler said Oklahoma State and Texas Tech coaches have come his high school during spring ball as well as Arkansas State and Memphis who have also offered him.

"I'm not really in any big rush to make a commitment," said Chandler. "I'm going to wait and see how it plays out after spring. I want to build a good relationship with the coaches recruiting me and get to know them better before I decide. Early playing time isn't a big factor for me, but I would like to get in to get a feel for the game at that level in my first year."

Chandler fared well for himself in his initial season in Oklahoma 6A football contributing on offense, defense, and special teams for the Wolverines.

"I had 86 tackles and seven interceptions," Chandler said on his junior season. "In the Edmond North game, I had a pick six for 94 yards right before the half. We ended up winning the game by only three. I got better during the year playing my man up close. On offense, I think I improved the most on my route running."

Chandler is also a track star at Lawton. His personal best in the 100 meter dash is a 10.67. In Lawton's game with Putnam City, Chandler returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score in a close ball game. Chandler played in Oklahoma 5A at Altus High School as a sophomore.

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