Chandler Is One Of Top JUCO Corners

Lawton High School product Maurice Chandler has attracted a long list of followers at NEO A&M Junior College. The 6-1, 190-pound corner did not play in the Norsemen spring football game last Thursday night at Red Robertson Field, but he did look good standing on the sideline in a gray t-shirt alongside teammates.

A slight injury had the coaching staff at NEO holding him out. Still, schools like Arkansas, Boise State and others were in Miami, Okla. admiring. Chandler had a meeting the next morning with an Alabama assistant as the Crimson Tide has offered. His list also includes Florida State, Missouri, OU, TCU, Arizona State, Louisville, Nebraska, and others.

"There are some schools that haven't offered me yet, a lot of them," Chandler said after the NEO spring game. "Oklahoma State is one and I'm waiting on that Alabama offer and they are coming tomorrow (last Friday) to see and then I'll be ready to think about it. A lot of the SEC schools are involved."

Last season as a freshman Chandler had 21 total tackles with an interception and six passes defended. He also forced two fumbles and his physical play and size for the corner position is one of this major attributes.

"I've improved on my man (coverage) technique working with Coach (Mo) Gray, and then press man and some of the new skills that he showed me and have me working on as a tackler and being more physical. Being 6-1 is good when those receivers are trying to get off the ball. It is very exciting just going through the grind (of recruiting) and everything," Chandler said. "On the way back up from high school and getting that second chance and having it pan out is great."

His answer on whether he wants to stay close to home or is willing to go away from Oklahoma is mixed.

"I'm kind of wide open, but it would be good to stay home because my parents would get to see me play and support me," he said of his decision. "Mostly it is wide open and I'm not afraid to be away from home."

Chandler said he has done his job with academics and his need is to finish out his College Algebra.

"That is all I have now and after that I will be smooth sailing throughout this next semester."

He will be a mid-year transfer.

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