Top Irish tailback target blowing up

Four-star running back Ty Chandler added several offers this winter. He hopes to visit Notre Dame soon and reconnect with an old high school teammate who will start on the Irish offensive line this season.

Four-star running back Ty Chandler entered the off-season with just a handful of scholarship offers.

Now the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., has more than a dozen and hopes to visit several of them this spring or summer.

“It’s going great,” Chandler said of the recruiting process. “I’m still enjoying it. I got a couple new offers from Nebraska and Auburn recently and now I have 15 or 16.”

Tennessee, Ohio State and Duke have shown quite a bit of interest recently and Chandler said Notre Dame has been making a push as well.

Irish running backs coach Autry Denson has maintained constant communication with Chandler and the two have built a friendly relationship.

“He was talking about the program and the school, academics and football and all that good stuff,” Chandler said. “I think it’s a great place. I’ve got to get up there and check it out for sure.”

Denson invited Chandler to attend Junior Day on March 19 but a South Bend visit likely won’t happen until later this spring or summer.

“It’s something I hope to get up to for sure,” Chandler said. “It’s some place I definitely want to check out; I just don’t have a set date.”

Chandler will attend Tennessee’s junior day on Saturday and expects to attend several more junior day events in March but has yet to add any to his calendar.

Notre Dame has some stiff competition to land Chandler’s signature.

“I’m impressed with Tennessee and Ohio State and some other places I was out to look at like Ole Miss,” Chandler said. “I won’t know for sure until I get to visit all the places I want to go look at but I’m also hearing great things from Notre Dame and everyone really. I just want to keep it open and find my best fit.”

Montgomery Bell Academy also produced Irish offensive lineman Alex Bars, who was a senior there during Chandler’s freshman season.

Chandler hopes to attend some camps in the spring and summer and has already been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next January.


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