Kelvin Chandler Thinks Over Pitt Offer

Kelvin Chandler, a 6-foot-2 and 172 pound wide receiver with 4.5 40 speed from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard, has seen his stock sharply increase. Due to an injury that forced him to miss a majority of his junior season, the South Florida native was not as well known as others. A solid spring has changed all of that. He has several offers, including one from Pittsburgh.

His spring jamboree game might have reassured college scouts that he is the real deal. Soon after the game, Pittsburgh came through and delivered a scholarship offer to him.

"I caught two touchdown passes," Chandler, who recently transferred from North Lauderdale Academy to Dillard due to his coaches' firing, said. "I caught a hitch for around 65 yards and a fly for 35 yards."

The Pitt Insider was on hand for that game. Kelvin Chandler looked like the best player on either team that night. That is saying a lot seeing how his teammate Vernon Smith is considered one of the top middle linebackers in the country. In addition to his outstanding performance on the offensive side of the ball, Chandler stood out on special teams also, by destroying a defender on a block and knocking that player out of the game.

Some of the teams to step up to the plate with offers in addition to Pittsburgh are Iowa, Rutgers, Duke, Ball State, and Wisconsin.

Right now, he has Ohio State, Miami, Florida, Florida State and Pittsburgh at the top of his list.

Pittsburgh's Coach Partridge was one of many scouts to give him a call in May.

"He basically called me up to tell me they were offering and that they want me to be a part of the team," Chandler said.

Chandler, who will take a visit to Pittsburgh, talks about what he likes about the Panthers.

"I like the coach and his style," he said. "Pittsburgh is a very good program."

Chandler compares his style of play to Terrell Owens because of his aggressive nature on the field.

"My speed, aggressiveness and physical ability make the player that I am," he said.

Chandler told the Pitt Insider that he is looking for early playing time plus he wants to attend a school where he can make an impact on the field.

Right now, Chandler has a grade point average of 3.0 and he is waiting on his test results.

Dave Peters

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