Kansas RB shines in first HS game of season

Wichita's Gary Chandler likes Kansas and the Jayhawks have to like what he did in week one. The Wichita Heights running back posted 120 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns in a season opening win.

"We won 21-14 over Wichita Southeast," Chandler said. "I think I did really good for the first game."

Not only was this Chandler's first game of his final high school season, it was also the first game of his Wichita Heights career. Chandler is a recent transfer from Wichita East, so he's spent the summer settling in and adjusting to his new teammates.

"(My transition) has gone fine. My teammates are like family now. We're doing really good. My big goal is that I really want my team to win."

While Chandler has enjoyed getting to know his new high school teammates, last Saturday he got to watch who could be his future college teammates when he went to the Kansas vs. Tulsa game. The stud running back and safety is considering both schools and says he walked away from the game really impressed with KU.

"I was real impressed with their defense. Besides that, it's just beautiful out there. The atmosphere probably impressed me the most, it's beautiful and Kansas had a lot of fans. Plus, the campus looked pretty nice. The view of the hill is beautiful too."

On top of all the beauty KU has to offer, the Jayhawks have also extended a scholarship opportunity to Chandler. That offer has played a large role in making Kansas his number one school.

"Kansas has the upper hand on a lot of schools right now," admitted Chandler. "They're my number one. There's a couple of other schools that I'm taking a hard look at right now, though."

Those schools are Arkansas, Florida, Wyoming, Kansas State and Tulsa. Of those schools, so far, only Kansas has offered.

"So far, it has just been Kansas, but I think Wyoming is saying that they're going to start trying to offer me."

After Kansas as the clear-cut number one school on Chandler's list, he puts Arkansas, Florida, Wyoming and Kansas State all in a tie for second place with Tulsa hanging on at the third tier. Chandler's father (Gary) played at Tulsa, which helps their cause, but he also has uncles that played at Kansas State (Bic) and Kansas (Dwayne).

His whole family hopes he'll stay close to home so that they can attend his college games, but Chandler says his family's location won't affect his decision.

"Even though my family wants me to stay close and wants to come to games it probably won't affect me. This is my decision so I'm open to schools that aren't close to home if I feel they're the best fit."

So, when does this Wichita star hope to have a decision reached?

"I'd say probably around a week or two before the football season ends. I really don't want to have to do everything after football season, I'd rather do it before the season is over."

Check back soon for more on this rising star in the Sunflower state.


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