Antonio Chandler: Kingstree's Mr. Excitement

Antonio Chandler may not be a household name, but nonetheless, the 5-9, 180 pound ATH managed to turn in quite a few plays worthy of the highlight reel last fall. As a result, quite a few programs have been checking in with the Kingstree High speedster. Already with an offer he's looking to add more. SCPrepNation.com recently caught up with Chandler to get the inside scoop on his recruitment.

In only his second year playing football, Antonio Chandler proved to the natives of Kingstree, South Carolina that he was a major threat each and every time he touched the football. The talented Kingstree High senior was commonly known for turning a small play into something out of the ordinary. The 5-9, 180 pound ATH used his 4.4 speed and versatility to put on a show for the crowd last fall.

"I played several different positions last season," Chandler said. "I played running back for five games last year. I had 732 yards and 8 touchdowns. At the defensive back position I had two interceptions. I ran one of them back for 103 yards. They never really threw the ball to my side."

Chandler took the conversation the distance by informing SCPrepNation.com of a few more of his highlighted plays on the field. "I took a reverse 70 yards for a touchdown," Chandler said. "I also had a couple of long TD runs. One was for over 60 yards and the other one was for 80 something yards. On kick-off return, I took one back for a 90 yard touchdown. I also took a punt back 70 yards for a score."

Chandler's playmaking ability on the field has caught the eyes of quite a few programs along the east coast. In fact, one particular program has stepped up to the plate with a scholarship offer. "I picked up my first offer back in November from Howard University," Chandler said. "They have been recruiting me as a running back. They currently have two big running backs that are big bruisers, but they said that they wanted me because I can take the football the distance."

Immediately following the offer from Howard, Chandler began doing some research on the Bison's football program. "I am definitely familiar with the type of offense that they run," Chandler said. "They run the spread, and that's basically one of the offenses that we run in high school. We run about 3 to 4 different offenses, but the best offense that we run is the spread."

Although Chandler and Howard may seem like a good fit for each other, he is going to give things a little more time. He will continue to gather information on his programs of interest, and will proceed further when the time is right.

SCPrepNation.com will continue to keep you informed on the latest recruiting news concerning prospects from the Palmetto State.

Note: We received film of Chandler in action from this season and last season during this story and he definitely has the extra gear that coaches who are recruiting him are so interested in. Considering he's only played football for 2 years he's got a lot more to learn but the Kingstree coaching staff utilized the talented prospect very well. College coaching staffs should give him a look and realize there's a high ceiling with this youngster. He also excels in the classroom as well and projects as a full qualifier with a 3.0+ GPA.


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