Chad Simmons

Former Iowa State verbal plans to wait out the process and a pair of SEC schools

Jefferson High School (GA) offensive lineman Caleb Chandler surprised many when he elected to commit to Iowa State earlier this summer. Not the the Cyclones were a bad option, but the timing of the announcement seem to be a bit sudden. Just over two weeks later, Chandler elected to re-open his recruitment and allow the selection process to continue. While Iowa State remains a strong contender, the programs of the SEC are coming on strong.

After declaring himself available once again, Caleb Chandler posted a top six on Twitter that included Florida, Georgia Southern, Iowa State, Louisville, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech. Since making that announcement, Chandler has been approached by some other programs. His list of favorites may be changing.

"Yeah, I am probably going to make some changes to my list," Chandler chuckled. "After I decommitted, I got an offer from Miami and West Virginia either on that day or the next day. There have been some other schools that have been showing me some attention too. Alabama wants me to come to their camp and I am hearing a lot more from Georgia."

A trip to Tuscaloosa is expected to take place sooner rather than later, but the three star big man is trying to find some time to squeeze in all he can before returning to school.

"We start school in like 12 days," Chandler said. "I am not going to be able to do much traveling once we get back in school. Alabama wants me to come to camp, so they can work me out. I have been told that Alabama doesn't like to offer OLs until they have had a chance to work them out. I am going to get over there and I am going to try to do it when I can get a work out in."

One SEC program, Mississippi State, has talked with Chandler about spending some in Starkville this weekend as the annual Big Dawg camp takes place on Friday night. While Chandler hopes to make it to town for the event, he reports that he will spend some time on campus with or without the Big Dawg experience.

"I have been talking with Coach (Peter) Sirmon a lot," Chandler revealed. "We have a great relationship. I told him that I am going to try to make it to Big Dawg camp, but if I don't that I would be up there next week for a visit."

The Bulldogs, a long time favorite, appear to have worked hard to stay in the race even when Chandler was committed to another program. 

"They have been with me for a long time," Chandler said. "I feel like I have a good relationship with the staff there and I feel like that would be a good place for me to go. They are still on my list for sure."

Anyone expecting a summer decision from Chandler may end up disappointed. With new options to consider and new trips to take, Chandler has some thinking to do.

"I really want to take my time," Chandler said. "I feel like I rushed into it last time and I don't want to do that again. I am just going to take my time and see what offers I get before I make a decision. I know some of these new schools want to see me play before the make a decision about an offer. 

"I know I want to take all five of my official visits before I do anything this time. I am not sure which schools I will visit. I am still figuring all of that out. I am going to enjoy the process and find the right school for me. It's a big decision and I feel like I can take my time with everything now."

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