Ty Chandler 'always communicating' with Vols

Does Tennessee have a chance to keep one of the nation's elite junior running backs home? See what Scout 300 prospect Ty Chandler told InsideTennessee in this exclusive.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ty Chandler has a production, size and skill combination that has Tennessee intrigued.

The Montgomery Bell Academy junior ranks by Scout as the No. 166 player in the 2017 class and the No. 17 running back in the nation. He leads the Big Red against Brentwood Academy in the state championship at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT.

Vols third-year running backs coach Robert Gillespie has been on Chandler for over a year already.

"We talk a good bit," Chandler told InsideTennessee. "We're always communicating. It's a pretty good relationship."

The Scout No. 2-rated back in the Volunteer State's junior class has paid attention to the Vols' ground attack, which ranks No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference and No. 21 in the nation with 223.5 yards per game.

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"I think Jalen (Hurd) and Alvin (Kamara) are running the ball well and they're moving the ball great on offense and doing some great things," Chandler said.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder totaled 242 carries for 1,761 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2015. He enters the finale with an average of 176 yards per game and 7.3 yards per carry.

On Monday, Chandler took home large hardware as winner of the Tennessee Titans TSSAA Div. II Class AA Mr. Football Back of the Year.

See what else Chandler said about the Big Orange and much more by viewing the InsideTennessee video exclusive.

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