There's no secret as to the one criticism that college coaches continually offer Bishop McGuinness receiver Cody Chancellor.
At 6-foot-3, Chancellor weighs only 165 pounds, and that fact keeps recruiters from pulling the trigger and offering him a scholarship.
But once one does, that school is going to get a steal, says McGuinness coach Justin Jones.
Chancellor had 1,397 yards and 21 touchdowns on 61 catches in helping the Irish to the Class 5A semifinals and earning a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State team.
“He has the skill set. When you look at a lot of Division-I schools, weight is an issue,” Jones said. “I think Ohio has a good chance at offering, and that's why they want him. They think he's a hidden gem.
“A lot more teams have gotten onto him lately. OU came in last week and offered him a preferred walk-on spot. And a lot of Ivy League schools are really looking at him now.”
When you factor in an Ivy League education, the recruiting conversation changes a little.
“Obviously that's what my parents are pushing for,” Chancellor said with a laugh. “That's a great education, but I also know if I go somewhere like Ohio, I'll be playing with better competition, so that comes into effect, too.”
Chancellor played a key role in McGuinness reaching the state semifinals in their first season at the Class 5A level. He and quarterback Jacob Lewis were constantly on the same page in the passing game, which made Chancellor a preferred target in key situations.
“We threw a lot together over the summer,” Chancellor said. “A lot of our routes, it wasn't about yards, it was about when I was gonna break. And I think by the third or fourth game, we really had that timing down.”
Wherever he ends up next season, he'll continue to be a big-play threat, which is what made him so dangerous this season.
That quality was never on display more than Sept. 28, when Chancellor had 359 receiving yards and four touchdowns on just six receptions in a 42-32 win over eventual Class 5A state champion Carl Albert.
With a cast protecting his broken left hand, it wasn't known until game time just how much Chancellor would be able to play that night.
“That says a lot about who Cody is,” Jones said. “He told us he could play with a broken hand and a cast, just throw him the ball.
“He's able to handle adversity and not make excuses. It doesn't matter. Cody knows as long as he's on the field, he's gonna be able to make plays.”