The country’s 25th-ranked athlete, Steele Chambers is the straw that stirs the drink at Blessed Trinity High School is Roswell, Georgia.
A talented two-sport athlete – Chambers could be a Major League draft pick in the upcoming June draft – the 6-foot-2, 215-pound standout chose the Buckeyes over Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, Alabama and more than 25 other schools.
Chambers could play either linebacker or running back in college and has rushed for more than 3000 yards and almost 50 touchdowns in his last two seasons.
Chambers is a versatile, extremely intelligent and hard-working athlete who competes full-speed ahead at everything he does.
He’s not a speed-burner at tailback, but has a unique combination of size and good enough speed to make him a threat on offense and the instincts and smarts to be a devastating linebacker prospect as well.
Chambers prefers to start his collegiate career on the offensive side of the ball, but there’s an equal chance that he’ll line up as a linebacker day one in Columbus.
Whatever the position, the expectations are high for Chambers, and most of them will be self-inflicted. A young man expects nothing but the best of himself and his teammates, Chambers will get a unique chance to push himself to new heights at Ohio State, a program he chose for that very reason, among others.
There are few times when a player is truly capable of playing college football on either side of the ball, but that is certainly the case with Steele Chambers and that’s what makes him a really interesting prospect in the Class of 2019.
Chambers’ desire is to play running back, and the Buckeyes appear willing to acquiesce on that request, but I can’t but see linebacker when I watch video of him simply because – despite very good athleticism – I don’t see the top-end speed Urban Meyer et al are seeking from an offensive weapon. I know that the Buckeyes have regularly relied on big, bruising tailbacks over the years, but I see more Jerome Baker out of Chambers than I do Ezekiel Elliott or any other recent Ohio State running back.
The addition of Chambers was important enough to the Buckeyes that they put themselves in a losing position with 5-star running back and Penn State commit Devyn Ford, who quickly moved away from Ohio State after Chambers’ verbal.
Chambers is a bright kid – he turned down Stanford and Notre Dame for Ohio State – and a very competitive young man. His biggest challenges at Ohio State will be adjusting to full-time football life, and doing some in a program that has 84 players of equal physical talent.
Hard-working, smart and athletic: this is the evolved version of an Ohio State football player that the Buckeyes have sought out since Urban Meyer’s arrival in 2011.