TE Prospect Nate Chandler

He could be the #1 tight end prospect in the 2007 class in the west, and the 6-5, 230-pound Nate Chandler, from San Diego Mira Mesa, said he already has two scholarship offers and an early leader...

San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa tight end Nate Chandler (6-5, 230) has been pegged early as the best tight end in California in the class of 2007, and he has two scholarship offers to date.

UCLA and San Diego State have extended Chandler offers, though he said that the UCLA staff has offered him only verbally.

Aside from the Bruins and Aztecs, Nebraska, Colorado, Boise State and USC have also shown interest.

"Right now, I'd have to say that UCLA is my leader," Chandler said. "I've been invited to their Junior Day and I'm going up there with (teammate, wide receiver) Markques Simas. We talk about how it would be cool to play at the same college."

Chandler's father's alma mater, San Diego State, offered him over the weekend. "My dad played there a while back, and it's the school I grew up watching," said Chandler. "I'm serious about looking at them. My parents, though, they're good with whatever decision I make."

Chandler indicated that he would like to make a decision by the time his season started. "I'm going to take some time to decide, but not too much time. I'm going to decide before the season. If I can't decide, then I'll make it during the season," Chandler said.

Chandler said he would attend the Scout.com Combine in Southern California, and possibly team camps at UCLA and USC.

Gifted on both sides of the ball, either at tight end or defensive end, Chandler said that he thinks offense is where he'll play in college. "I'm playing defensive end for my school, but I'm going to be a tight end in college," Chandler said.

During his 2005 junior season, Chandler had 20 catches for 357 yards and four touchdowns, joining Simas as Boise State-bound Mike Coughlin's favorite target.

Academically, Chandler said he has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT in May.

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