Caleb Chandler, a four-star offensive tackle from Jefferson, Ga., said he's interested in visiting Maryland after the Terps offered him a scholarship last week. Chandler is listed at 6'5 and 285 pounds and has other listed Power 5 offers from Louisville, Mississippi State and Minnesota.
"I don't have any favorites right now," Chandler said Thursday night. "I don't plan on cutting down soon. I'm just going to enjoy this and focus on my team and winning the state championship."
But Chandler, a 2017 prospect, had nice things to say about Maryland. Offensive coordinator Walt Bell has been recruiting him over the phone and on Twitter – not in-person yet – and Chandler likes a lot about the Terps, he said. He expects to take an official visit to College Park sometime this summer.
"I've been watching Maryland for a long time when I'm at home watching college football," Chandler said. "I remember when they were just in the ACC. Now they're in the Big Ten. Heard it was a beautiful campus up there, beautiful place to be, and Maryland has a great football program."
The biggest force in Georgia recruiting – the Georgia Bulldogs – hasn't offered Chandler. He visited Athens a few weeks ago and has developed a relationship with offensive line coach Sam Pittman but doesn't have a scholarship offer yet from new head coach Kirby Smart.
Maryland has been active in Georgia for the 2017 recruiting cycle, part of a southern push under new head coach DJ Durkin. Based on recruiting rankings, Chandler would be a significant catch for the Terrapins. But it's a hard neighborhood to recruit in, with a bunch of top programs much closer by than Maryland."
"Talent down South, in Georgia, it's unbelievable. I really don't know how schools up north can beat out schools from the SEC to get players, like four-and five-star players. I really don't know that, but talent down South is unbelievable," Chandler said. "It's amazing."