High School: Candelaria was a starting offensive tackle for North Mesquite High School for two seasons. He was named a first team all-district selection as a senior after recording 29 pancake blocks and grading out at 90 percent or higher in eight of 10 games. Candelaria helped his team average 419.7 yards per game. North Mesquite averaged 301.8 yards on the ground and 117.9 yards passing per contest in 2013. As a junior, Candelaria was also a first team all-district pick.