Chandler Talks of Visit, Plans

Nate Chandler, the 6-5, 240-pound tight end from San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa, the #1-ranked tight end in the west, who is verbally committed to UCLA, talked about his official trip to Westwood in December, and what it meant in regard to his commitment to UCLA, and his plans for coming in next year...

When San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa tight end Nate Chandler talked about his recruiting visit to UCLA, he was in Hawaii for a basketball tournament.

The top-ranked tight end in the West will continue to be a domestic traveler, leaving at the end of the week for the East Meets West All-American Game in Florida, where he'll play with future teammate Akeem Ayers for the West.

Chandler started his traveling with his visit to Westwood the weekend before Christmas. "It was cool there and I liked what I saw," said Chandler. "It made me feel really good about my decision to go to UCLA. Logan Paulsen hosted me and I felt like I got along pretty well with him."

Chandler spent most of his time with Dino Babers, who had been recruiting him, tight ends coach John Wristen and head coach Karl Dorrell.

"We spent a lot of time together and I really like the coaches," said Chandler. "They told me that I will be in the starting four of the tight end rotation next year if I come in and work really hard."

Chandler said UCLA's use of the tight end in their offense was a big reason why he chose the Bruins and that hasn't changed. "That is one of the reasons why I committed to UCLA because they like to get the ball to the tight ends," said Chandler.

Chandler gave the Bruins his commitment on Easter Sunday and, since then, hasn't wavered. "There wasn't much from other schools because they all respected the fact that I committed to UCLA," said Chandler.

Following the all-star game, Chandler will return to the Marauders basketball program and then get himself ready for his football career. "I'm really looking forward to playing at UCLA," said Chandler.

The #6 ranked tight end in the nation, and a four-star prospect by, Chandler is fully qualified.

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