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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Chandler Parsons thought he had a solid handle on the recruiting process. That is, until he went to the Nike All-American Camp last week. The skilled 6-8 small forward from Lake Howell H.S. in Winter Park, Fla., turned many heads at Nike, throwing his recruitment into some sort of chaos.

Prior to Nike, Chandler Parsons had assembled a tidy list of five schools. After scoring 34 points for Team Florida Wednesday morning at the Nike Peach Jam Tournament, Parsons described his ever expanding list of schools.

"Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Miami, Arizona State and South Florida was my top five before the Nike Camp," Parsons explained. "But then I got some great offers from LSU, Rutgers, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, and Indiana is also very interested."

According to Parsons, nine of those ten programs, save Indiana, have tendered scholarship offers. Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey and Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek were at Parsons' game Wednesday morning at the Peach Jam.

"I had a top five, but now I have to look at these other schools," he explained. "It's confusing to me yet exciting to me at the same time."

Parsons' list could continue to grow in the coming weeks if he continues to play as well as he has thus far this month. He will round out the summer at a pair of AAU sponsored events in the Sunshine State and the Super Showcase and Nationals.

Then it's back to Lake Howell on July 31 for the first day of school.

Carrying a 3.4 GPA in the classroom, Parsons is awaiting his June ACT score. He plans on taking some official visits this fall and signing in November.

Parsons and his high school running mate Nick Calathes (Florida) complement each other well in Team Florida's up tempo attack, so style of play is an important consideration for the 6-8 wing.

"I want to go to a style that fits my game, where they play up tempo and in transition," Parsons said. "I would also like to get a good education."

Rutgers basketball fans should stay tuned for an in depth interview with the latest prospect to receive a Rutgers offer.

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