Chambers just fulfilling a family promise

Ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the state by <I></I>, super-athlete D.J. Chambers is determined to fulfill a promise to his grandfather and play for the Tide.

Chambers (6-0, 180, 4.45) is an extremely gifted athlete, competing at quarterback, running back, receiver, free safety and return specialist in high school.

An early commitment to sign with Alabama, rival fans have been circulating rumors that he may not qualify. But Chambers' high school coach says that's simply not so.

Due to a school counselor's error, he carries only a 2.2 Core GPA, and Chambers will have to make a 3.0 GPA as a senior. But he has already passed the ACT with a 17 score. Highland Home High School Head Coach Jon Randolph said, "D.J. is smart. He'll make it, because he has his mind set on fulfilling his grandfather's dying wish."

Chambers on the field as a high school junior.

As Randolph explained, when Chambers was a young boy playing pee-wee football, his grandfather used to give him $5 for every touchdown. By the time Chambers began playing high school football, his grandfather was gravely ill.

"He told D.J. that he would not get to see him play college football," Randolph said. "So he needed to get a scholarship. He also asked D.J. to promise him that he would someday go to Alabama.

"D.J. gave him his word."

To the surprise of many, the only school that has honored D.J's choice is Auburn. Arkansas (George Pugh), South Carolina, LSU, and Georgia Tech are still actively trying to change his mind.

However, according to Chambers and Randolph, they are wasting their time. "My family members have always been Alabama fans," Chambers said. "I have been told since I was young that I would play at Alabama."

An incredible four-sport athlete who is a standout in each sport, Chambers excels in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He runs the 100 meters, 200 meters, and Hurdles, plus he also is a high jumper. This season he is a candidate to win the state in all four events.

Chambers averages double figures in basketball, and is a highly touted baseball player that will likely be drafted.

Because of his extreme versatility, Chambers is listed on most recruiting databases as an "athlete." But he would probably project at either wide receiver or defensive back at Alabama.

BamaMag Top Stories