2008 Intro: Brandon Chandler

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. --- Since his freshman season, Brandon Chandler has been a cannon ball-like terror on both sides of the ball for Kernersville (N.C.) Glenn.

"He's very powerful, very explosive, he's got great change of direction, and great savvy" said head coach Charles Cline. "He's relentless; he's like the Energizer Bunny. He doesn't have but one speed and that's wide open; that's the way he practices, that's the way he plays. He's a very focused, very intense player. [He's a] great competitor."

Additionally, Chandler, a 5-foot-8 190-pounder, is one of the strongest pound-for-pound football players in the state. He squats (below parallel) over 500 pounds, bench presses close to 400 pounds, and power cleans over 315 pounds.

Chandler has some impressive speed, too. Recently, he clocked a 4.39-second 40-yard dash time and runs the 20-yard shuttle in the 4.1-second range.

In Glenn's pro-style zone offense, Chandler is the focal point from his tailback position.

"We run the inside zone, the outside zone, [but] we're still a counter team like the old Joe Gibbs Redskins," said Cline. "We like to throw to our ‘backs out of the backfield; he's definitely a good receiver, also – he's got good hands

"He won't play strictly tailback. We'll put him in the slot; we'll put him out on the wide out trying to get match-ups for him."

On defense where he is regularly responsible for attacking the opposition's strengths, Chandler is depended upon for more than just his on-field ability.

"This year he'll be counted on as one of our leaders on the defensive side of the ball," said Cline. "He's kind of like the catalyst. He brings the energy and the tenacity and the relentlessness that we like for our defense."

As expected, Chandler's abilities haven't gone unnoticed by college coaching staffs.

"He's getting interest from all the big schools – all of them," said Cline. "Out of the ACC, [he's heard from] UNC, N.C. State, Wake Forest, [and] Clemson. From the national level, he's getting letters from Ohio State, Michigan State; several schools from the Southeastern Conference have expressed interest in him."

On the collegiate level, Cline believes Chandler's a safety.

"I think he is definitely – in my opinion – a big time safety," said Cline. "He's known for running back with us, but I think as far as at the highest level I think he would definitely be a safety.

"I think he has a great defensive mentality. He's very, very aggressive. As a running back, I think you've got to be a little bit more patient, especially in our offense – we're a zone football team. On defense he's allowed to just be instinctive and fly around."

Cline works North Carolina's camp every summer and has had Chandler accompany him the last couple of years. The new staff would like for Chandler to return to the Tar Heels' camp this summer before extending a scholarship offer, according to Cline.

"There're a couple guys from the old staff that are still there that are very familiar with him so they know what he's capable of," said Cline. "They like his athleticism"

Clemson, Duke, and Ohio State have also extended special invitations to their respective summer camps with the intent of evaluating Chandler in-person.

Additionally, a former UNC assistant who worked with Chandler the closest the past two years in camp has continued to recruiting Chandler at his new place of employment.

"I hear from Clemson the most," said Chandler. "I talk to Coach [Andre] Powell more than any coach. We've developed a good relationship from working together the past two summers. He's trying to get me down for a visit [to Clemson]."

Chandler hasn't been able to take any unofficial visits this spring, but hopes to make trips to Clemson, UNC, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, and Wake Forest.

He said he doesn't plan to make a verbal commitment until sometime during his senior football season, but has developed an early strong liking for three schools – Wake Forest, Clemson and Ohio State.

"At Wake Forest, I feel comfortable there when I went to their practice. Coach [Jim] Grobe made me feel at home.

"At Clemson, I know Coach Powell. We're real close because he's been at Carolina's camp the past two years and I've been talking to him.

"And Ohio State, I like the school and what people have told me about the campus."

Chandler totaled more than 1,000 yards and 23 touchdowns last season on offense, while recording 50 tackles and an interception on defense.

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