Tight End Commits To UCLA

UCLA picks up another commitment from one of the top players in California on Sunday, when San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa tight end Nate Chandler committed to Karl Dorrell and the Bruins...

UCLA, with so few scholarships to give, is getting most of its recruiting done early, picking up its fifth commitment on Sunday night when San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa tight end Nate Chandler, one of the top tight ends in the West, committed to the Bruins.

"I called Coach (Dino) Babers first and he was excited. Then I called Coach (Karl) Dorrell, and he was watching a movie with his family. He was excited and his family started cheering," said Chandler.

For Chandler, the decision to commit was one he was more than ready for.

"It's like a weight is lifted off my shoulders," Chandler said. "I look at UCLA and saw Marcedes Lewis with 55 catches and winning awards and the way they use their tight ends to make their team better. UCLA was the best place for me."

Chandler had said at the beginning of the month that it was going to come down to USC, but UCLA won out.

"The school, the location, the coaches, the coaching staff, the way they treat their players, those were huge factors for me," said Chandler. "USC doesn't use their tight ends that much and I don't really fit in that much in the area that they're in. I didn't feel comfortable there. At UCLA, I just knew I'd be best there."

When UCLA secured a commitment from quarterback Chris Forcier, he immediately turned his attention to Chandler. Now the two have their college plans figured out and Chandler is excited about that future.

"I called Chris and he just text-messaged me and said congratulations and that we should start working out and throwing the ball," Chandler said. "We're going to try to work on Markques (Simas) now."

Chandler said that from the beginning his family was firmly in the Bruins corner.

"My family has been behind UCLA since day one, since all of this recruiting stuff started. Ever since I visited there, I fell in love there," said Chandler.

With the commitment out of the way, Chandler said he could focus on finishing baseball season then turn his attention to his senior year.

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

Next month, Chandler will join his four other fellow Bruin commits at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles.

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