Few high school football players can claim receiving over 25 offers before the start of their senior season, but Isaiah Chambers is not your average football player. Standing 6’3.5” and 258 pounds, Chambers has been receiving college interest for years now.
Over that time, schools have watched Chambers develop into the big, strong defensive end that he is today. According to Chambers, the four-star prospect says he is staying dedicated and working on improving his athleticism and skill set during the offseason.
“I’ve been getting faster and more explosive,” Chambers said. “I’m fast off the ball and I use my hands well for pass rushing.”
Ranked as the No. 6 defensive end in the country by 247sports.com, Chambers has a plethora of options on where he will play college football. Before his recruitment gets too crowded, however, Chambers decided to trim his list to 10 schools and focus his attention on those programs.
Chambers tweeted out that Washington, TCU, Baylor, Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M, Houston, Oklahoma, Oregon and Ole Miss had made the cut.
With so many schools in pursuit of his talents, Chambers says that these 10 schools stood out based on how they have chosen to recruit him.
“I guess because they hit me up the most and they actually talk football,” Chambers said. “A lot of schools recruit me and tell me what they’re offering, but they don’t describe to me what’s going to happen on the field like how they are going to use me. Then I checked on the head coach interaction with me. If the head coach doesn’t really know you, then that’s kind of pointless I guess you could say.”
So far, Chambers has a pretty good idea of how these 10 schools envision him in their individual system, but he is hearing mixed thoughts across the board because his diverse skill set allows for versatility on the defensive side of the ball.
“A lot of schools say they want me to come off the edge and pass rush,” Chambers said. “Possibly going to linebacker, coming off the edge but not really dropping as much. Some schools want me to put my hand down playing a 5-tech, and then my impact will be coming my freshman year. I like when schools talk to me about that. I feel like those schools talk to me the most too.”
Chambers, who strives to play “like DeMarcus Ware of Von Miller” at the next level, does not know the details of his official visit schedule yet.
“I know I’m going to take all five, but I don’t know where or anything like that,” Chambers said. “
After that, Chambers’ focus will be on which school he will be issuing his commitment to because once that happens, his recruitment is closed for good.
“Once I commit, that’s going to be for good,” Chambers said. “It’s probably going to be a little bit before signing day, but it’s going to be official, that’s going to be the only time I commit.”
Last season, Chambers record 32 tackles for loss, 21 sacks and four forced fumbles. Chambers is shooting for even bigger numbers this year.
“Last year I got 21 sacks, so I want to get like 28, 30 sacks,” Chambers said. “I think it could happen.”
Click here for a link to Chambers’ junior highlight tape.