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Amir Chandler will be a Catamount
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Commitments are coming more frequently as the early signing period nears.
Phoebus lineman Amir Chandler (2021 OT/DE 6-4 250) found the right fit with Western Carolina and made his verbal commitment on Friday afternoon.
Thank you to everyone that’s has helped me be who I am today , thank you to all the coaches that have recruited me .. no long paragraphs let’s get to work 😈100% committed to the whee💜 #catamountcountry #365tough pic.twitter.com/1JhoeUQ3ij
— MIR🌟 (@bigmir79) December 11, 2020
Chandler’s long frame and tenacious playing style gives college coaches something to build on. He piled up offers from LIU, Duquesne and St. Francis University, but Western Carolina was the first to offer him back on April 1 of this year. That early investment paid off for WCU.
“We had stayed in touch a lot,” Amir said of the WCU coaching staff. “They loved my tape, how I finished blocks and how I’m more of an athletic type of lineman.”
As a member of the Southern Conference, Western Carolina received a rare opportunity to play an ACC opponent late in the season when they matched up against North Carolina last weekend. The game was a lopsided 49-9 loss, but the opportunity to knock off a revered in-state powerhouse was special. It was only the third meeting with UNC in the history of the two schools and it was the first December game for Western Carolina since they had a deep playoff run in 1983.
It was only the third game of the season for the Catamounts since COVID-19 precautions have wreaked havoc on the schedule. WCU has Southern Conference games scheduled for February, March and April of 2021, but as with all things, the schedule is subject to change.
As for Chandler, he’s thrilled to have his college commitment in the bag. Western Carolina received a commitment from Petersburg quarterback Meziah Scott back in July and they’ve offered several other locals, so they’re quietly building a solid recruiting class for 2021.
– Andy Hilton