Sleeper DB Emerging

While everyone talks about Chris Chancellor at Edison, college coaches everywhere are keeping a close eye on his brother, Demerick. At 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds, Chancellor hasn't gotten a whole lot of recognition up to this point.

"I didn't play my sophomore year and Chris had a real good year then," he said. "Then last year I wasn't a full-time starter. I had to earn my spot back and I competed with Chad (Simpson) for playing time on offense."

Chancellor finished the season with 510 yards rushing and 255 yards receiving. He had nine total touchdowns. It's his ability as a pass-catcher that he thinks makes him different.

"A lot of guys just run," he said. "I can run or catch. I can play receiver or whatever. I think I have a lot of versatility."

Chancellor also competes in track for Edison and had a strong junior year. He ran an 11-flat at districts.

"I had pulled my hamstring before that and I wasn't able to run as well as I had hoped," he said. "I got in the 10.8's earlier in the year. I see all those lightweights out there getting 10.8. I was 185 pounds."

The talented running back also plays on defense but won't start on both sides as a senior.

"I'm the full-time starter at running back now," he said. "I can play safety but I like offense more. I'm aiming for 1,000 yards and a state title this year."

Chancellor spoke to a number of college coaches in the spring, including UM's Randy Shannon.

"I talked to a bunch of them and some colleges even sent me scholarship offers in the mail," he said. "I'm originally from Houston so I'm real interested in going back home and playing at Texas. I talked to Coach Heywood and he said they'll be watching me. I'm also real interested in UM because it's close to home now. Coach Shannon, I talked to him. He was saying they want me as a safety. They aint offered yet because they wanna see my senior year first."

Chancellor, who has written offers from Rutgers, Auburn, and Syracuse, talked more about his favorites.

"It would be Texas, UM, Florida State, Florida, Auburn, and NC State," he said. "Those are the ones I like. Only Auburn has offered so far."

One thing Chancellor won't look at is depth charts when making his decision.

"I feel like I can compete anywhere I go," he said. "Everyone has to earn their spot and I aint got no problem with that, no matter where I go."

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