Several coaches from Power 5 conference schools have expressed some interest in Talan Chandler so far in his recruiting process.
Colorado proved it wanted him, however, and that made an impression on Chandler.
On Friday, the 6-foot, 3 ½-inch, 290-pound offensive lineman from Nevada (Mo.) High School gave his verbal commitment to sign with the Buffs in the 2024 class.
“I had tons of other Power 5 schools talking to me and they all kept telling me the same thing: Be patient, it’s going to come,” Chandler told BuffZone. “That’s another thing that really helped Colorado is they got on me early, they identified me, they showed me that trust that they have in me. And, they straight up told me, ‘You’re about to blow up, so we wanted to get on you.’ Everything they have there, it made me want to go there.”
Chandler also has offers from Eastern Michigan, Missouri State, Northern Iowa and UNLV. Kansas State and Missouri are among the other Power 5 schools that have shown interest.
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“(The Buffs) were actually my second offer and it was a really big thing,” Chandler said. “I was super excited and my family was all super excited. It was a really big deal because my hard work is paying off and it felt really good.”
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com, Chandler was an all-state guard as a junior this past season at Nevada. He played his first two seasons at Lutheran St. Charles (Mo.) High School, earning all-state honors as a tackle in his sophomore year, when he helped his team to a state championship.
Chandler is considered one of the top center prospects in the 2024 class and that’s where CU projects him to play. Although he’s mainly played tackle and guard, Chandler said, “I have played all the positions in high school and when I do my training, I train for center.”
Chandler was one of many prospects to visit CU for its junior day recruiting event last weekend.
“The visit was fantastic,” he said. “It blew me out of the water. … The facilities were amazing, the coaching staff is super, super great. The amount of former head coaches that (head coach Deion Sanders) has one staff, that’s a big thing to have that many former head coaches. They were all super genuine people and just the culture that they’re building, the talent that they’re bringing in (was impressive).
“They made me a priority and showed me I’ll fit in their scheme and showed me how I’m their top guy and how they want me. It all made me realize this is the place I want to be.”
Chandler is the fourth player to commit to CU for the 2024 class and the first offensive lineman. He is planning to sign his national letter of intent in December and enroll at CU next January.
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