Check the NC State roster and you'll see that the Pack has landed recruits from numerous major high schools in the south Florida region. On the list you'll find Ely High School, Carol City, Miami Central, Deerfield Beach, South Dade and Killian High School just to name a few. One perennial power conspicuously missing from the NC State roster is Edison High School in Miami, Fla. The Pack has recruited the school vigorously over the last several years but seemingly fallen just a little short each time. They'll try to change all that in 2004 as Edison CB Chris Chancellor has emerged as a major NC State target.
Although smallish in stature at 5-9, 165 pounds, Chancellor possesses the football instincts and game-playing ability that the Wolfpack coaches treasure when scouring the Sunshine State for talent. Boasting 4.45-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Chancellor snagged five interceptions in 2003 to go along with the nine picks he recorded as a sophomore. He also had 27 pass-breakups last season and better than 30 tackles. For his efforts he was named to the All-Dade team and received class 5A all-state honorable mention.
To date, Chancellor reports scholarship offers from Florida State, NC State, Rutgers, Syracuse, UNC, Notre Dame, Wyoming, South Florida, Michigan and Michigan State. With a plethora of schools from which to choose, the rising senior has five that have made an early rise to the top of his favorite's list.
"Right now, my top five is NC State, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska and Oklahoma State," Chancellor said. "I would say Florida State, Florida, NC State and Auburn are recruiting me the hardest."
The Seminoles were one of the first schools to offer a scholarship and many have penciled them in as the odds on favorite should the hometown Hurricanes decide not to offer. However, Chancellor stated that wasn't the case- at least not at this stage of the recruiting process.
"No, I don't think that's the case right now," he said. "I've got to take all of my official visits so I can't really predict where I'm going to go."
One school that will definitely stay on Chancellor all year is NC State and they've made an early favorable impression.
"I like their sports program at NC State," said Chancellor. "I've been checking them out on TV and plus, they're in the ACC. I like the way they play and I know they're all about business. I talked to Doc a few weeks ago and he seems like a nice man. I think I might visit up at NC State for camp but I'm not sure about that one. I'm also looking at camping at Georgia, Auburn and Florida State."
Chancellor added that distance from home isn't a big consideration at this point.
"I don't mind going to a school out of state. It doesn't matter."
When choosing a future school, Chancellor has taken a mature approach and carefully plotted out the factors he feels are most important.
"The school's I'm going to look at are the ones that graduate their players because academics come first," said Chancellor. "Then after that I'm looking at their sports program and see if I'll have a chance to compete and come in and play."
Before a college decision will be made, Chancellor first has big plans for his final season at Edison High School and some unfinished business.
"I would like to make it to a state championship this year and I'd like to get 21 career interceptions- that's Deion Sanders' number. You know, he's my favorite player."