November 27, 2006

Chandler chooses Wildcats again

Kansas State recruiting coordinator Matt Wallerstedt traveled to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College today along with Wildcat coach Ron Prince. The trip was to check in with wide receiver and kick returner Deon Murphy and also visit with two other players the Wildcats were recruiting, safety Gary Chandler and linebacker Larry Asante. The trip proved to be worthwhile for the two coaches.

"Coach Wall and Coach Prince were here today," 5-foot-10, 165-pound Murphy said. "It was great to talk to them again. We just visited for a while about things and they were there to see what Gary and Larry were thinking.

"They talked with Gary and he told them he was committing to play for them. As for Larry, he has a lot of options in front of him. I'll keep talking to him and I think Gary will too. But, Larry has to do what is best for him and what he thinks is best for his career."

The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Chandler was excited about his future college.

"I did commit today, while the coaches were here at the football offices," the Wichita, Kan., native said. "I decided it was about time. All the arrows were pointing to K-State and I had signed with them out of high school. I really liked what I saw when I was up there for my visit this time and I knew that was the place really.

"I did not take my visit to Nebraska last weekend. They told me there was a problem with my transcript and I might not be able to enroll there until the spring, so I just decided to get it over with and tell the K-State coaches I was coming."

Chandler will graduate from Coffeyville in December and enroll at K-State for the spring semester.

"I am a December graduate. I'll be up there for spring practice. That will give me a chance to get a little bit of a heads up on the playbook on the other guys who will be coming in the fall. They are recruiting me at safety. They've never said to me strong or free. I'm sure we'll work that out and I'll fit in where it is best."

The nation's No. 4 ranked junior college prospect brought a smile to Prince's face when he told him he was coming to Manhattan.

"Coach Prince was excited when I told him of my decision. I don't want to say I'm a big-time recruit, because I'm not that type, but he knows what I can bring to the field and he believes I can help the team out right away."

In the Red Ravens' first 10 games this season, Chandler recorded 70 tackles and forced three fumbles. He will lead the No. 13 ranked Red Ravens, with their 7-3 record, into action this weekend in the Top of the Mountain Bowl against No. 3 Dixie College (10-1).

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