March 13, 2012
Chambers to visit
Columbia (SC) Irmo offensive tackle Taylor Chamber will be the big man on campus at Wake Forest Saturday.
Lonnie Galloway is recruiting the 6-foot-8, 305-pounder for the Demon Deacons.
"The first time I talked to him was actually I got my coach to give him a call on the day that I got my offer to see if I could get some camp information or something like that and he called back to my coach and told him that he wanted me to call him personally, so I did and he gave me an offer right there," Chambers said.
Chambers has only played football for two years, so the mammoth prospect is just beginning to scratch his potential.
"I used to swim when I was younger, and I was a pretty good swimmer," Chambers said. "At first my mom didn't want me to play, but by the time I was in about [the] ninth grade I figured it would have been a waste if I didn't play football. When I started weight-lifting I gained muscle and got stronger pretty quickly, so I think it was a good thing to do."
His lone offer comes from the Deacs, but interest from other schools is starting to pick up. Chambers lists Clemson, Duke, Georgia, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and South Carolina along with Wake as some of the main programs he is considering. He is also hearing from Boston College and Tennessee.
"Right now I'm trying to keep my options open and see what's happening everywhere and I'll make a good decision, so I'm not really too sure," Chambers said.
Chambers traveled to North Carolina earlier this month, making stops at Duke and UNC Friday, March 2 and attended NC State's Junior Day Saturday, March 3.
"I liked Duke a lot and spent a lot of time up there and got to talk with a lot of coaches," Chambers said. "I like it, because it has outstanding academics as well as a good football program. That's another reason why I like Wake Forest. Also, UNC, they have really nice facilities and a nice campus and I like that. The NC State Junior Day was pretty good. I got a chance to check it all out and see their weight room and little bit of their campus and talk to their coaches."
South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who recruits the city of Columbia for the Gamecocks, invited Chambers over to watch offensive line walkthroughs. Chambers met USC offensive line coach and running game coordinator Shawn Elliot during the visit.
"They're about 10 minutes away from my house, so I can just go up there on a weekday," Chambers said. "It doesn't really make me un-attracted to the college, but it's not really something that I consider a big plus. It would be a way where a lot of my family could see me play, but if I were to play at a school in North Carolina, Georgia [or] South Carolina that also wouldn't be a problem for my family and friends to see me play."
Chambers plans to attend UGA's Junior Day later this spring and to camp with the Bulldogs this summer too. He also plans to camp at Clemson, South Carolina, and go to one-day camps at Duke, NC State and Wake Forest.
The Palmetto State prospect is interested in studying business or economics in college.
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