Four-star junior running back Ty Chandler and his Montgomery Bell Academy teammates earned a bye in the first round of the Tennessee Division II-AA playoffs. Chandler, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder from Nashville, plans to use that time to rest up and to focus on the stretch run to a state championship.
But, recruiting is never far from his mind, especially when he continues to land scholarship offers from college football’s elite programs.
“Recruiting is going great,” Chandler said. “My most recent offer is Ohio State. That was in August or September.”
Chandler now holds 15 scholarship offers including the one he picked up from Notre Dame in June.
He has since remained in close contact with Irish recruiting coordinator Mike Elston.
“He’s just telling me where I’d fit in and trying to get me up to visit,” Chandler said. “I’m trying to get up there. I don’t know if I can make it this year. I wanted to try and get up this year but I haven’t got a date set up yet.”
Notre Dame will remain in the hunt even if he doesn’t make it to South Bend this year.
His former teammate, Alex Bars, currently plays on the offensive line at Notre Dame and Chandler likes the uniqueness of the Notre Dame offer.
“It’s something different than the other offers I have received,” he said. “I pretty much have received just SEC offers, so it’s something different. I look forward to getting up there to see it.”
For now, Chandler is content looking ahead to next weekend when his team opens the playoffs against the winner of the Pope John Paul – McCallie first round game.
“We’re 9-1 right now and about ready to head into the playoffs,” he said. “Everything is good. It’s been a pretty good season. We’re the second seed right now so we’re in a pretty comfortable position. It’s going to be a tough couple games but I feel good about it.”
Chandler has rushed for 1,761 yards and 20 touchdowns with nine 100-yard efforts through 10 games.