New RB offer has Irish link

Junior running back Ty Chandler landed an offer from Notre Dame last week. He hopes to visit the school in the near future, where he’ll see an old high school teammate.

Two years ago Notre Dame landed offensive lineman Alex Bars out of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. The Irish returned to the school last week with a scholarship offer for junior running back Ty Chandler.

“I didn’t really have much contact with them before that,” said Chandler, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder. “I saw them around campus visiting and then they contacted one of my coaches and I contacted them. It was exciting.”

Chandler, who also holds offers from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others, talked briefly with Irish assistant coach Mike Elston.

“We just talked about the school and he gave me some information about Notre Dame,” Chandler said. “It’s different. It’s a different school. I have a lot of SEC offers so something new is always exciting. It could play a role in the future.”

Chandler doesn’t know much about Notre Dame but hopes to change that with a future visit.

“I’m definitely going to try and visit,” he said. “Hopefully this summer I can get up there. I don’t know a specific date yet but hopefully it can be soon.”

He also hopes to learn more about the Irish from Bars.

“I’ve seen him back here at MBA but we didn’t talk much about Notre Dame. I’m sure that will change next time I see him,” he said. “Alex is a great guy and a very strong offensive player. He did great things here. Hopefully he can do great things there. I’m sure he will.”

So far, Chandler has stayed close to home during his recruitment, but he plans to see several of the schools on his offer list later this summer.

“I’ve been up to Tennessee and Vandy; pretty much the local schools right now,” he said. “That will change this summer because I want to get out and see some places.”

As a sophomore, Chandler rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 25 touchdowns.

“I’m more of a downhill runner but I can juke when I need to,” he said. “I have pretty good speed and vision but there are always things to work on.”


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