LOI #5: Tyson Chandler

North Plainfield (NJ) defensive tackle Tyson Chandler has signed with NC State!

Tyson Chandler
Scout Rating:
Scout Rank: #90 DT
Size: 6-6, 340 pounds
Hometown: North Plainfield, New Jersey
High School: North Plainfield High School

Projected position at NCSU: Offensive Lineman

Accolades: Ranked the No. 100 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN...First-team all-state…recruited to NC State by recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie.

Stats: As a senior, Chandler tallied 39 tackles and 14 tackles for a loss.

Commit Date: 11/30/2008

Recruiting Scene: NC State took the lead for Chandler early in the process and his interest in the Pack never changed as he committed in late November. He signed with NC State over offers from Maryland, New Mexico State, Cincinnati, Temple, South Florida and Buffalo among others.

North Plainfied Head Coach Bob Lake says: "He is a difference maker. The numbers don't tell how important he was to our team and our program."

ESPN Evaluation: It is not tough to click on the film and find Chandler as he is a mammoth kid. He is a space eater and a tough object to move as a defensive tackle. He has a solid get-off. Will display the ability to get good hand leverage and when he gets some positioning on a blocker he can physically move him back.

He needs to play lower as he often gets high, but even with poor pad level he is a tough guy to get moving backwards. When he gets a head of steam and keeps decent pad level he can cause some problems in the backfield. He has solid lateral movement and is able to engulf the ball carrier and the blocker when need be if run at. For a kid his size he gives good effort to get the ball and does not run too poorly. Displays very adequate short-area change-of-direction skills.

He will surprise you some with his ability to try and be a factor on the perimeter. At the college level though this kid will be a two-gapper who could possibly give you a good play now and again. As a pass rusher he can drive a blocker back and collapse the pocket. If he can get free off the ball he will quickly get in the quarterbacks face. Chandler is a solid defensive tackle prospect, but also might end up on offense in college as possibly a right tackle or more likely a guard. He has the size and displays the ability to be able to drive defenders off the ball and be a tough obstacle to get around in the short area in passing situations.

Chandler is a big boy who in the right fit can be a solid player at the college level.

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