Forcier's Decision Impacts Chandler

Nate Chandler, the 6-6, 225-pound tight end prospect from San Diego and one of UCLA's top targets, said UCLA getting a commitment from San Diego-area quarterback Chris Forcier might impact his decision...

With UCLA and USC expected to have tight ends drafted early in this month's NFL draft, it's no surprise that one of the top tight ends in the West, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa's Nathan Chandler (6-6, 225), is looking strongly at the two programs.

"Right now, I'd say that UCLA is my leader," said Chandler. "With Chris Forcier committing there, I'm thinking about him going there and him being a good quarterback, that would be a good situation for me. I've been thinking about that."

Just behind the Bruins is USC, and Chandler attended USC's Junior Day last weekend. He said, "It was really cool. We got to see Reggie Bush and all of the other guys. I'm hearing from them (USC) a little bit, not that much."

One of the newer schools showing interest in Chandler has been Notre Dame, which is running third behind the two L.A. schools. "Notre Dame is starting to talk to me. They said they wanted my film, so I just sent it to them. They told me they have high interest in me," said Chandler. "Oregon State, Boston College and Clemson have all started to talk to me lately."

Rounding out Chandler's top four is hometown school San Diego State, and the Aztecs have offered, along with Boise State, Colorado and UCLA.

Chandler had thought about making an early decision, but said that he'd now like to take some time to think some things through and likely wouldn't be making a decision anytime in the near future.

He will take the SAT on May 6th and then a day later attend the Southern California Combine.

During his 2005 junior season, Chandler had 20 catches for 357 yards and four touchdowns.

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