Caleb Chandler, the nation's 21st best offensive guard according to Scout.com, has committed to play football at Iowa State. He's ranked as a 4-star player according to Scout and is a 3-star on 247Sports. Alex Halsted was the first to report his commitment.
Iowa Stare has picked up a massive commitment, landing 4-star offensive lineman Caleb Chandler, he tells me. pic.twitter.com/EYCUb5hteQ— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) June 19, 2016
Chandler has a great body for a high school lineman at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds and you can see him use all of that frame well in his Jefferson High School highlights.
Offensive line figures to be one of the weakest positions on Iowa State's roster this year, so this is a key pickup to reinforce coach Tom Manning's position of expertise. In addition to Chandler, high school OL recruits Tyler Jost, Jeff Nogaj and Colin Newell will join the program in 2017.
Getting 4-star caliber prospects isn't a common occurrence in Ames. Since the beginning of the Paul Rhoads era, Jake Campos, Allen Lazard and Deshaunte Jones are the only recruits to join the program who have more than three stars according to Scout. Chandler is the first of the class of 2017, but with just 11 commitments so far, there's still plenty of time for the coaching staff to pull in some more.