A four-star prospect, the 6-foot-1, 310-pound Chandler is rated the 14th best defensive tackle in the nation. With the departures of starting tackles L.T. Walker, L.D. Scott and top reserve Tyler Jessen, Louisville has a major need at Chandler's position. That's why the Miami (FL) Northwestern prospect wants to take a close look at the Cardinals before signing a letter of intent in February.
"I've talked to [Strong] a couple times," Chandler said. "We talked about a lot of stuff. Coach Strong is a good coach and we bonded early when he was at Florida. He's a cool guy, down to earth guy. So that's why I'm going to visit Louisville."
Chandler backed out of a commitment to Miami earlier this month and committed to South Florida. It was about that time that Strong took over at Louisville and picked up a commitment from Chandler's high school teammate Corvin Lamb. Chandler, Lamb and four-star wide receiver Michaelee Harris, also a standout at Northwestern, are expected to visit Louisville Jan. 8-10.
"Me, Corvin Lamb and Michaelee are coming up that weekend," said Chandler. "Corvin is a good guy and we've talked about going to the same school but right now we're just trying to feel out what's going on. Corvin surprised me when he committed to Louisville but that was his decision. I wouldn't say his decision is a big influence on whether I go to Louisville but we have talked about it."
Chandler says he's still committed to South Florida – for now.
"I just put South Florida on the top of my list. They were recruiting me hard when everybody else backed off," Chandler said. "When I made the commitment that's when Coach Strong heard that I was back open. So I'm going to take the visit."
Chandler said he might also visit Syracuse on Jan. 15 and Michigan on Jan. 22. "But I really don't know right now," Chandler said. "It's not really about early playing time because I know where ever you've got to fight for a position. I just want to feel a comfort level with the coaches and players at what ever school I choose."