Chandler made another trip back to OU last weekend for his official visit as everything worked out with NEO playing an overmatched team Thursday so he could enjoy his 48 hours in Norman.
And he definitely did.
“It was great, loved it out there,” Chandler said. “I’ve always loved OU, and my feelings are even better about things after the visit.”
Chandler was a top OU target for the 2013 class and a star at Lawton (Okla.) High, but the Sooners backed off when it became clear he wasn’t going to qualify academically. That Chandler was a brash, sometimes cocky kid. The one who speaks to the media now and plays for the Norsemen is mature, ready for the moment.
Chandler was hosted by wide receiver Jordan Smallwood on his first night and defensive lineman Austin Roberts on the second one. The Roberts connection is obvious with Roberts having played at NEO last year before officially arriving in Norman last month.
It was good for Chandler to catch up with Roberts to give another indicator that everything is as it seems at OU.
“He loves it,” Chandler said. “Everybody treats you right. I went through high school, and I’ve been there so I know. Watching that game just made me want to be out there more and more.”
The visit allowed Chandler to finally talk with cornerback Zack Sanchez. The prevailing thought has been Sanchez is going to leave for the NFL following this season with Chandler a candidate to take that spot.
For Chandler, though, it doesn’t matter. He said even if Sanchez does stay, it’s not like Chandler is afraid of the competition.
The biggest reason why Chandler chose OU is first-year defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks. Chandler has spoken repeatedly about how much he has enjoyed getting to know Cooks and how he feels he’ll respond well toward his coaching style.
After watching Cooks in action last weekend, all it did was confirm what Chandler has been thinking the whole time.
“The way he coaches – makes you feel comfortable,” Chandler said. “It lets you know that you can just go out there and play. You don’t have to worry about messing up and be looking over your shoulder.”
Chandler is a 2-for-2 guy so it’s obviously important for him to hit campus as early as possible. That will happen as Chandler confirmed he is going to be a mid-year transfer and nobody needs to worry about his academic situation this time around.
“I took all of my hard classes already,” Chandler said. “Got those out of the way first. I’m definitely ready to be a Sooner.”