Ty Chandler in no hurry to make a decision

Ty Chandler out of Nashville, Tenn., is in no hurry to make a decision. This spring he'll take in a few unofficial visits while concentrating on track. Next fall he'll try and snag that elusive ring and then a decision will come around signing day.

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"I'm going to make a decision sometime around signing day," Chandler said. "I'm in no hurry. I'm just running track right now and seeing a few schools between meets. I'll take a few more visits this summer and next fall before my official visits start. I'll have a good idea where I want to go after my official visits."

One of the teams under serious consideration is Ole Miss. Ty's father, Chico Chandler, was a running back for Ole Miss from 1998-2002.

"He always tells me he had a great time playing for Ole Miss. He speaks highly about his time there, but he doesn't force it on me. He tells me to do what is best for me. If that just happens to be Ole Miss it will be kind of like a cherry on top for pops, but if there is another situation that is better for me, he'll be just as happy."

Having a father who has gone through the ropes has been beneficial for Ty.

"It means a lot to have someone that has been there, done that, so-to-speak. He was also a running back so he knows the things that I need to improve on. He knows the techniques. My father is always telling me you are either getting better or worse. You never stay the same. He's always pushing me to be the best I can be."

Like father Ty has speed to burn.

"I think my vision and the ability to cutback in a lane and accelerate are my biggest attributes. I can run downhill. I'm still working on getting bigger (5-foot-11, 185) while maintaining my speed. I run a 10.8 in the 100 meters right now. I want to shave some time off of that and get bigger and stronger."

Tennessee's only junior to win Mr. Football helped Montgomery Bell Aca to the Division II Class AA Championship game this past season. He rushed for 2,558 and 31 touchdowns on the season. It was a run he'll never forget.


"Man, that was a lot of fun. We made it to the second round of the playoffs my freshman year. The third round my sophomore year and finally made it to the championship game last season. We came up one point short (56-55 to Brentwood Aca) but it was a great season. I feel like I was able to see things better. I let the game come to me which allowed me to see things more clearly. I was catching balls out of the backfield and making people miss. It was the best run we have had since I have been here. I can't wait to get started again."

Growing up in an Ole Miss household has given him plenty of knowledge of what the Rebels are all about..

"I grew up watching them and going to their games. I know a good bit about Ole Miss. I've seen their campus a bunch. I've seen their facilities. I just like what coach Freeze is doing there. He's doing a great job and has a group of really good guys under him. They got it going on right now."

What stands out the most about Ole Miss right now?

"Just the school as a whole. You can get a great education at Ole Miss and play in the best conference and play at an elite level. They have been on the rise for a while now. That's always exciting to see and play for."

Tennessee's Back of the Year in Division II-AA is set up to visit Ole Miss in a couple weeks but a prom date might push that back.

"I'm supposed to go back down there on April 2nd but I have prom that night. I have to call coach (Maurice) Harris to let him know I need to reschedule that visit. I'll be going back down there soon though. I haven't been down there since the LSU game so I'm anxious to get back down there."

Another school that is under serious consideration is Tennessee.

"I've been up there a couple of times. I went to their Junior Day a couple weeks back. It's a good place to be. I have a lot of friends and teammates who go there. It's always good to be around them. The atmosphere up there is good. They have great fans. I also like the style of football they play."

The other visit this spring went to Auburn.

"It was a good place. I got to watch them practice. That was cool to see. I liked my visit. It's a cool place."

Who all has offered up to this point?

"Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Vandy and there are some more. I don't want to leave anyone off."

Who else would Ty like to visit?

"I want to try and get over to Georgia on March 17 or 18th. They are known for producing great running backs. I want to see how they run things over there. They have been on me really hard. It's also a great school."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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