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June 12, 2013

Local prospect gets Fresno State offer

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West cornerback Andre Chachere has been gaining a lot of attention lately. The 6-foot-1, 174-pound playmaker's ability to attack the ball and create plays on defense has earned Chachere his latest offer from Fresno State.

The Bulldogs aren't likely to be the last school to offer Chachere either. With five offers on the table already, Chachere has plenty of time to continue to rise up on the defensive radar.

"Right now I have offers from Houston, San Jose State, Fresno State, Colorado State, and Idaho," Chachere said.

But Chachere wasn't just offered by anyone on the Bulldogs' staff. With 37 total tackles, 3 interceptions, 13 pass deflections, a forced fumble, and a couple of defensive touchdowns, Chachere received his offer on Saturday from the head honcho himself, Bulldog head coach Tim DeRuyter.

"Well, DeRuyter, he actually, he offered me today," Chachere said. "He took me up to his office and offered me today. He took me and my dad up to the office and he sat down and talked to both of us for a little bit today. He talked about the program and how they're always sending people out to the league and how if I choose to go there that I will end up getting a degree. Stuff like that.

"They said that," Chachere continued, "the defensive coordinator, he was in there too, Nick Toth, and he talked about how he loved the way I attack the ball and said that's the type of defensive back they like. So, I liked hearing that."

While Chachere isn't overly familiar with the Bulldog program, he sees value in being recognized by his local university.

"Nothing, really," Chachere said of what he knows about the Bulldogs. "I've probably been to about two games my whole life [while] living here.

"Yeah, I enjoy it," Chachere said of the offer from the Bulldogs. "Each one is amazing. It's an amazing feeling. To get one from Fresno State when I've lived here for so long, it's incredible."

Chachere considers himself pretty normal when it comes to his expectations from a program. He likes to keep an open mind about his options.

"Probably, well, like most kids, probably playing time and having coaches that will be there for you," Chachere said of the things he values most. "Like when you're going through stuff, you know, coaches that'll be there for you, that are your friends, too. If somewhere far offered me and I fit in there, then I'd go there, but staying in town or leaving it, that's no problem for me. [I'm] Looking to get a degree out of the college and trying to get to that next level."

Chachere realizes that the offers will only come in as long as he is putting in the work. He's recognized some weaknesses in his game and has actively been addressing them throughout the year.

"Probably my closing speed," Chachere said of his biggest weakness. "I've been working on that a lot since football season ended last year and it's improved so much. That's what I've really been working on. I'm working out with Tony Perry and that 7-on-7 team with Michiah Quick. That's helped a lot. And there's a couple things that me and my dad have been working on, like backpedaling drills, stuff like that has been helping. When I go to 7-on-7's the coaches tell me that I play on an island. I have no safety help. So, I could play up close to a guy, up man-to-man, and I'm really good at playing off, too.

"Upcoming," Chachere continued, "I'm going to Cal. I'm actually going to Cal tomorrow, and then Arizona State I believe on the 15th [of June], and then I believe on the 25th or 26th I'm going to USC."

While those are just camps Chachere is planning on attending, he is also trying to get some official and unofficial visits squared away.

"Yeah, I'm working that out," Chachere said. "I think sometime between June 19th and 22nd I'm gonna head over to Fresno State for an unofficial visit with them."

Chachere plans to take his time with the recruiting process. He is going to talk things over with his family and they will decide on his next course of action at that time.

"I'm one of those," Chachere said of taking your time. "Me and my parents, we've been sitting down and talking about it, but we haven't really figured anything out yet. So, we're still going over that. I really want to make a decision before school starts. That's what I'm planning on doing, but if not, then I'm gonna try to do it sometime during the football season."

Chachere's work ethic plays well with the Bulldogs' reputation and he's not afraid to make a commitment to any school that gets his services.

"I'm gonna be one of those kids that's gonna try to outwork everybody even when I'm dead tired," Chachere said. "I'm gonna work every day and I'm gonna, when I have an opportunity to shine, I'm gonna shine."

Wouldn't it be nice if he was shining bright in the Valley? The Bulldogs sure think so.

Stay tuned to FSBulldogs.com for more updates on the Fresno State 2014 recruiting class.

Josh Webb is a special contributor to FSBulldogs.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @BulldogsTwist.


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