Ty Chandler hears plenty of it. The multi-tooled running back has a future at Tennessee and being in the Music City, he gets plenty of pats on the back from Vol Nation.
“You know everybody knows and I get ‘GBO’ and ‘Rocky Top’ all the time,” Chandler told InsideTennessee. “I love it. It’s a lot of stress relieved off of me. I’m excited to be a Tennessee commit and looking forward to getting there as soon as I can and getting to work.”
The main factors in selecting the Big Orange over programs such as Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Southern California were “just staying close to home, possibly playing as a freshman, just the opportunity of staying in the state of Tennessee, just being able to play for the home team, home crowd.”
The Scout No. 95-rated prospect in the 2017 class took unofficial visits to Rocky Top to view both the Ohio (Sept. 17) and Florida (Sept. 24) games.
“I felt like they played a great game,” Chandler said of the 28-19 win over the Bobcats. “They got the victory, and it was a good game.”
The Scout four-star prospect packed on some muscle to get him prepared for being the focal point of opposing defenses, having won the TSSAA Mr. Football Back of the Year for Division II Class AA as a junior.
“I put on about 15-20 pounds in the offseason,” the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder said. “I can tell. I’m able to bounce off tackles and use different moves and use your body to do different things. I can really tell.”
Chandler is attempting to lead Montgomery Bell Academy back to a third straight appearance in the TSSAA Division II Class AA state championship game.
“It’s going good,” Chandler said. “We’re steadily moving along. Had a great game (against McCallie) and were able to execute well and finish. So, that was a win.”
Through six games in 2016, the future Tennessee runner has 956 yards on 96 carries with 21 touchdowns.
The Nashville native does not plan to enroll at Tennessee in January. He expects he will take his official visit to Knoxville after his senior year of football. He expects to compete again for the MBA track team in Spring 2017.