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Q&A: DB Maurice Chandler's rising stock

3/7/2012

It happens all the time. College coaches are in town to look at one prized recruit, and it doesn’t take long before they realize there is another top-tier player on the same team.

That’s the case right now for defensive back Maurice Chandler (Lawton, Okla./Lawton). With schools flocking to Lawton to see ESPNU Watch List defensive end D.J. Ward, Chandler is starting to make his own name.

In the last two weeks, Chandler has picked up offers from Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oregon State and is seeing increased interest across the board.

Chandler, 6-foot and 185 pounds, had 84 tackles and seven interceptions in 2011.

SoonerNation: Back in the fall when we talked, you were still waiting for the interest to pick up. You’re not waiting anymore. How have the last couple of weeks been?

Maurice Chandler: It has been pretty good. It’s nice to see some of the hard work being rewarded. I’ve been working out a lot and just trying to get better heading into my senior season.

SN: A lot more teams have entered the equation, but where do you stand right now with OU?

Chandler: It hasn’t been that much. They’ve sent me a couple of letters, but they’re starting to come more than they did before. I’ve been invited to see their spring practices so I definitely want to try to make it there and start building a better relationship with the coaches.

SN: What do you like so much about the Sooners program?

Chandler: That tradition. It really cannot be matched by many schools. There is a great atmosphere in the stadium, and the support from the fans is incredible. You can tell the OU coaches really know what they’re doing.

SN: You haven’t been able to get out there that much, but you were able to hit Texas Tech. How was that experience?

Chandler: We were able to watch them scrimmage, and they gave us the tour. It was pretty cool to be able to talk to the coaches. And then that’s when they made the offer.

SN: Kansas State is a little different because of your family ties there. Did that make that offer a little more special?

Chandler: It did. With my brother having gone there, it did mean a lot. I know a lot of juco kids that are ending up at Kansas State so I’m real familiar with the area and the players.

SN: What’s next for you?

Chandler: Right now [I'm] just working on my technique, always trying to get better. I’m trying to develop my skills. I’ve been invited to the Nike camp in Dallas on March 25 so I’m hoping me and D.J. can go to that together. And then we’ll see what happens.