In his last two seasons, Chandler scored seven touchdowns on returns and 13 more as a receiver. He plans to sign a letter of intent with Temple on Wednesday morning.
But when folks close to Chandler shake their heads in wonder, they aren't thinking about his spectacular feats on the football field.
They are thinking about his strong work in the classroom. They are thinking about his leadership within the football team and through the school community.
And they are thinking about his remarkable journey, from a slight youngster who was homeless for more than a year as a middle schooler to a polished and poised student-athlete who is about to sign a full scholarship to college.
"The young guys on our team, they always say, 'I want to be like Champ,' " Camden football coach Dwayne Savage said, referring to Chandler's nickname. "They see the way he carries himself. They look up to him."
Sitting in the library at Camden High, Chandler isn't sure that his story is so special.
"What I went through, a lot of people in Camden go through," Chandler said.
The difference, according to those close to Chandler, is the way the personable, young man has dealt with the adversity in his life.
Chandler said he lived in six or seven residences that he can remember. He said he spent more than a year in a homeless shelter in the city when he was about 12 or 13.
"That didn't make me bitter," Chandler said. "That was my life. I had fun. I remember playing in the lobby of that place, playing tag, hiding in the washing machines.
"If you think about negative things, the negative will overpower the positive. I think positive, because that's how you make your dreams come true."
Hawkins, whose son Brad is a standout sophomore athlete at Camden, said Chandler was a "little man who became the big man."
Chandler always was mature beyond his years, despite being one of the smallest players on the team, Hawkins said, and despite the challenges of his personal life.
Hawkins said he and other officials with the Whitman Park organization knew of Chandler's situation but tried not to pry. They bought him meals. They gave him rides home, but he always asked to be dropped off at the corner or around the block.
"He would never cry and complain," Hawkins said. "He was so personable. But the big thing with Sean was that he always had to make sure he took care of his baby sister."
Chandler said he felt a responsibility to care for his younger sister, Colette, now 7. He has lived most of his life with women: his mother, LaTonya Woodson, and his older sisters, Ebony and Tyana.
He also has an older brother, Cornell Woodson, but he was grown and on his own for much of Chandler's formative years.
"My dad wasn't around, and my older brother was gone, so I felt like I had to be the man of the house," Chandler said. "I always felt like I had to take care of my sister.
"I remember one time she spilled noodles on her arm and burned herself. She cried so loud.
"I told myself, 'I'll never let her cry like that again.' "
Camden athletic director Mark Phillips said Chandler, who was recruited as a defensive back, is held in high esteem around the school.
"You will never hear anybody say a bad word about him," Phillips said. "He's the kind of kid I hope knocks on the door for my daughter."
Chandler has lived in some of Camden's roughest neighborhoods. But he said he always has been able to avoid the lure of the streets.
"Those guys, they knew that wasn't me," Chandler said. "Sometimes, I'll be standing there, and they'll be like, 'Champ, you got to get up out of here.'
"When I took my official visit to Temple, I came back, and I was walking down the street, and there was a drug dealer on the corner, and he was like, 'How was it? We're rooting for you.'
"That's heartwarming to me."
Hawkins has been to every Camden game the past two years. He has watched Chandler weave his way through traffic on his way to the end zone with interceptions, kick returns, and receptions.
But he knows those little trips, with so many opponents in the way, were walks in the park compared to Chandler's larger journey.
"This is something you just don't see," Hawkins said. "To come from where he's come from, to go through what he's gone through, it's a gift from God."
Division I football commitments
These are the South Jersey seniors who have committed to Division I football programs and may sign letters of intent starting Wednesday.
Player High School Pos. College
Abdul Anderson Absegami DE Bucknell
T.J. Anderson Holy Spirit LB Rhode Island
Kingsley Ayeni Eastern LB Rhode Island
Kishon Banks Paul VI LB Wagner
Lamont Bradford Timber Creek OL Delaware State
Sean Chandler Camden DB Temple
Justice Davila Timber Creek DB Old Dominion
A.J. Dawson Holy Spirit DB Maine
Jamil Demby Vineland OL Maine
Anthony Diorio Shawnee DB/LB Dayton
Ray Ellis Holy Spirit DT Florida Atlantic
Alec Finelli Rancocas Valley DB Sacred Heart
Matt Fitzpatrick Bishop Eustace OL Duquesne
David Hood Absegami RB Temple
Adonis Jennings Timber Creek WR Pittsburgh
Shayne Lawless Moorestown LB Stony Brook
Ray Lawry Kingsway RB Old Dominion
Marques Little Williamstown RB/WR Old Dominion
Tim McConnell Bishop Eustace DB Duquesne
Mike McGrath St. Augustine OL Columbia
Andrew O'Neill Washington Twp. RB/WR Sacred Heart
Gerald Owens West Deptford RB Michigan State
Alex Padovani Hammonton WR Villanova
Jake Powell Cherokee TE Delaware
Rob Rolle Delsea DB Villanova
Tyler Schneider Rancocas Valley DE Austin Peay
Ed Shockley Millville LB Villanova
Brendon Slade Delsea DB Sacred Heart
Jeff Steeb Holy Spirit LB Villanova
Andrew Stevens Camden OL Maine
Antoine White Millville DT Penn State
Rodney Williams Cherry Hill West DB Syracuse
Isaiah Worthy West Deptford LB Old Dominion
- Phil Anastasia