Vols get big-time back in 4-star Ty Chandler

A running back from the Music City got a roaring round of applause in Knoxville as Ty Chandler provided Tennessee coaches with commitment news.

That sound in the offices at Tennessee's Anderson Training Center is from high-5s, handshakes and fist pumps.

Ty Chandler got coach Butch Jones & Co. up out of their seats as the multi-talented running back verbally committed to the Big Orange.

“I think they’re on the rise,” Chandler told IT in November after winning Mr. Football Back of the Year in his classification. “Last year they got some good recruits. This year they’ve got some more great recruits coming in. So, I think Tennessee football is on the rise, and I think they’re going to do some great things next year.”

The Montgomery Bell Academy standout had Auburn, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Ole Miss and USC as his other finalists.

Chandler gives Tennessee its 24th verbal commit of the 2017 class and its second running back pledged alongside three-star prospect Trey Coleman of West Monroe, Louisiana.

Getting a pledge from Chandler helps the Volunteers address a major need. Last season, Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara totaled 384 rushing attempts in coordinator Mike DeBord's offense. With both expected to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft, someone has to come in and compete for those touches.

Chandler, who saw a gameday atmosphere last year the weekend of the Oklahoma game, gives the Vols their sixth Scout four-star this class and joins Maleik Gray of La Vergne (Tenn.) High, Eric Crosby of Ocean Lakes (Va.) High and Cheyenne Labruzza of Albany (La.) High as Scout 300 members heading to Rocky Top.

In 2015, the Nashville native ran for 2,019 yards on 283 attempts with 26 touchdowns.

As a sophomore, Chandler toted the rock for 1,450 yards from scrimmage with 23 touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 77 yards for a score and averaged 28.4 yards per return.

With Chandler’s help, the Big Red won the 2014 TSSAA Division II Class AA state championship and reached the finale in 2015 before falling in double overtime 56-55 to Brentwood Academy and now-Vols freshman Ryan Johnson.

In his two state final appearances, Chandler racked up a combined 486 total yards with five TDs.


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