July 30, 2012

Washington athlete nets Wyoming offer

Feed brains or braun at the highest level - that is the decision three-star safety/wide receiver Calvin Chandler may be faced with as he makes a college choice. The Lakewood (Wash.) prep holds Division I-A scholarship offers from Wyoming and the Naval Academy, but he is also being actively recruited by several schools in the Ivy League.

"I just have been really fortunate to have options," Chandler said. "As far as school, I just want to see what is the perfect fit for me. Academics and football play a large part in it, but also the coaching staff and how highly I think of them. I want to go into a program where coaches push players to high standards and to be better people.

"I want to find that perfect balance between academics and a high level of football."

As a Junior last season, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bellamire Prep product was named first team All-League for the second year in a row as a defensive back. From the position, Chandler accounted for 131 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions. As a receiver, Chandler posted receiving totals of 715 yards and seven touchdowns.

The University of Wyoming is interested in Chandler as a wide receiver. Chandler said the Cowboys offered Chandler his first scholarship.

"It was amazing," Chandler said of the Wyoming offer. "That was my first offer. I just felt really, really blessed. It has been my dream to play at the Division I level and for Wyoming to offer me when I didn't have any offers, that was incredible for me. It gave me a whole new perspective on things."

Chandler said he is being recruited to Wyoming by fellow Washington native and Wyoming Offensive Line Coach Pete Kaligis. Chandler said current Wyoming walk-on Ben King also came from Bellmaire Prep and has offered his view on Laramie and the University. Chandler said Wyoming has told him they would like to see him in Laramie as an outside receiver in the spread offense.

"Coach Kaligis wanted me to kind of as an X type of receiver and said he liked my size - that I was a bigger receiver, but one that still had speed on the outside. He said he really liked that from watching my film."

"It is a place I would consider," Chandler said. "I am hoping to make an official visit later this year."

Visiting college for tours and camps is something Chandler is getting especially good at. Last spring break he took a tour of the Ivy League, checking out Harvard, Penn, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown and Cornell. He also saw Boston College while in the area. This summer he camped at Harvard, Yale and Boston College on the east coast. He has also attended camps at Washington, Oregon State, the Mercer Island Skills Camp and just got back from Stanford's Junior Day.

"It was awesome," Chandler said of his east coast swing. "The schools are a lot different than the ones I am used to over here. Football is still big, but it is not at a Division I level. I am interested in an academic standpoint. I am kind of interested in going to a medical school or business school."

Chandler said he didn't have any preference on what position he would like to play. He added that he plans to make a decision on his school after his high school season.

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