Monday, July 24, 2017

The Mountaineer football program picked up its fourth commitment of the week on Sunday, Canton-McKinley linebacker, Josh Chandler. He received an offer after a strong showing at camp last week. It was a last second decision for Chandler to make a trip to Morgantown, but the rising star linebacker knew he couldn’t miss a chance to show a Big 12 school what he can do.

“My head coach said something about, if I was interested in taking a trip down there. It was another chance to show what I can do and it earned me a scholarship.”

Before receiving an offer from West Virginia, Chandler held offers from Air Force, Western Kentucky, Marshall, Akron, and other MAC schools. West Virginia was his biggest offer and he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play for the Mountaineers.

“It was huge, it was my biggest offer, that’s why I committed. Also, you look at top 15 team every year and top two or three in the conference, it was just a blessing.”

Records, conference standings, and play time are not the only reasons, the 5”11 linebacker prospect decided to commit to the Mountaineers. When asked, he said education was the most important factor in determining the right school. He wants to obtain his degree to prepare for life after football.

“The value of education, what a degree from that institution would mean for me after football.”

Chandler wasted no time telling the WVU coaching staff that he was ready to commit. Needless to say, the coaches were beyond thrilled when he let them know his decision.

“They were pretty excited, I was the first linebacker to commit. I remember he told me that he had 12 offers out and had three spots, and nobody would take it. I said why not me, why wouldn’t I take it?”

After next year, West Virginia loses three seniors on the two-deep at linebacker: Al-Rasheed Benton, Xavier Preston, and Hodari Christian. With those guys leaving, Chandler could see some early playing time, and he is certainly ready for it.

“Like Christmas Day, you have to go out there and show out.”

Chandler becomes the Mountaineers seventh commitment for 2018, and first at linebacker. 247Sports has him ranked as a two-star player and he is yet to be rated by Rivals. He will return to Morgantown for a camp visit on July 22nd.

Listen to the interview in its entirety below:

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