NC State has been the team to beat for North Plainfield (NJ) DT Tyson Chandler for months. While had made an unofficial visit to State over the summer to the see the the program up close, some thought it possible he could become a Wolfpack commitment this weekend when he made the trip to Raleigh for his official visit with State. That turned out to be the case.
“Yes sir, I committed. The coaches just told me congratulations when I committed. He said he hoped I wanted to be a part of NC State and I told him I do. Before, I was worried about the distance and I was thinking it was too far but, but it’s no big deal because there’s no other place like NC State. Everything there was right.
Chandler said that the Pack offered the total package, from the atmosphere to the players and coaches.
“I really enjoyed the trip,” he said. “The coaches, and just everybody was real cool. Akeem Cunningham hosted me on my visit and he’s another New Jersey guy. He’s from East Orange. The highlight of the trip was just being with the players.”
While solid in his decision, Chandler said he will speak with his head coach at North Plainfield to discuss possible future visits.
“I’m going to talk to my coach about taking some other official visits but I don’t know if I really want to or not.”
Chandler committed to the Wolfpack over offers from Maryland, New Mexico State, Cincinnati, Temple, South Florida and Buffalo among others.
Chandler finished off his prep career by helping his team beat rival, South Plainfield. He was dominant on both sides of the line and received some hefty praise from his head coach in a recent interview.
“Tyson finished his career very well today. He’s meant a lot to the program, with the attention he’s brought to our program, because of what he does and who he is,” North Plainfield coach Bobby Lake said after the game. “He’s a very good athlete and a very big boy, and today he was both. He was dominant inside and made some big plays for us.”
He is rated a two-star prospect and the No. 80 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.