Pack Still Leads for Chandler

Pack Pride has the latest on New Jersey defensive tackle Tyson Chandler and his interest in NC State.

Since back in August, North Plainfield, N.J. defensive tackle Tyson Chandler has declared NC State as the team to beat for his commitment. He spoke with recently and talked about whether the Pack continues to reside at the top of his wish-list and where he plans on taking things from here.

At 6-6 and 340 pounds, Chandler already has the size to be plugged in on either the offensive or defensive line as an early contributor. He'll probably become more toned once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program, and coaches love the idea of using him as a powerful run stopper.

Chandler has offers from NC State, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Maryland, New Mexico State and Temple, and he confirmed that NC State is indeed his favorite.

"I think I actually told NC State that I would be going to their game against Miami," Chandler reported. "I don't know the details yet because I'm not sure if I'm going with my parents at this point.

"NC State is definitely my number one school, though. It's just a good school and the facilities are great. I went down this summer just for a visit and had a great time. The coaches were great. The special teams coach is my recruiter and he calls me just about every week. They're real interested in me."

While Chandler will definitely be taking an official visit to NC State, he isn't ruling out the possibility that he will visit other schools. In fact, unless he commits while he's in Raleigh, he plans on checking out what other programs have to offer.

"I've talked to New Mexico State about taking a trip out there," he said. "Maybe I'll go to Cincinnati or Temple, because I like them too. I'm not sure how that's going to work out. I'll probably end up taking visits to all of them just to make sure I'm making the right decision. NC State is my favorite but I still want to check everything out."

North Plainfield is 3-1 on the year and Chandler is having a solid season despite dealing with opposing offenses that spend the entire week game planning to neutralize him.

He is rated the No. 79 defensive tackle in the nation by

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