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#61 Caleb Chandler

Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-4/292

Position: Offensive Line

Hometown: Jefferson, GA

Twitter: @datBoyCC

Thoughts: Even though it’s only been one full season, the 2017 recruiting class is pretty dang impressive. CJ Avery, Mekhi Becton, Corey Reed, TreSean Smith, Josh Johnson, Kemari Averett, Dorian Ethridge, Cole Bentley…and those are just some of the guys who got significant reps last year. That doesn’t include Colin Wilson, Malik Cunningham, Toryque Bateman, and today’s topic of discussion, Caleb Chandler.

Chandler was a nice pickup for the Cards in a class heavily focused on securing a solid offensive line. The Cards beat out Florida, Miami (FL), Oregon, Oklahoma State, and Georgia Tech among others for Chandlers services, and even though Bentley and Becton are currently more well known due to their play last season, Caleb was actually considered a higher rated recruit than either of them. Chandler was an all-state player out of Georgia in 2017, playing both sides of the ball down in the trenches, a task that is extremely difficult to excel at. Considered by some services as a Top 25 player nationally at the guard position Chandler stacked up accolades his entire high school career, and after taking a redshirt last season is looking to pick up where he left off back in 2016. Chandler will likely be sitting on the two deep as the season begins but I would anticipate he gets some run this year even if everyone stays healthy. In fact, I’d love to see him pick up some significant time in a few games this year if for no other reason than that he will absolutely be relied upon in 2019. Starting to gel with Bentley, Bell, Becton, etc will be key moving forward.

I know some of you all are in full O-line fatigue mode right now but tomorrow wraps up the position group for the year. Go back and click through some of these previous posts (or just click here ) and just look at the young talent the Card’s have moving forward. It’s encouraging to see the staff target a group, recruit that group, and then develop that group into what we anticipate to be a solid piece of the offense for the next 3-4 years.

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