Boise State recently lost scholarship kicker Jameson Davis to an LDS Mission, and his departure has left a void in the kicking game. Able footed Kyle Stringer is back as the All-WAC favorite at punter, but with the recent departure of Tyler Jones, Stringer is left as the only option at kicker. While more than able to produce, Stringer didn't have the strong spring that everyone expected, leaving some apprehension in Bronco circles as to who would be available should Stringer not step forward.
Boise State had numerous walkon kickers on the roster just over a year ago, but because of the steady leg of Tyler Jones, and the promise of Stringer and Davis, all were invited to look elsewhere to continue their college careers as their team spots were needed for other positions. Now, however, history seems to be repeating itself as the Broncos are in need of a strong-legged kicker to, if nothing else, provide backup coverage to Stringer.
Enter Chris Chalmers of Canyon High School in California. Chalmers' list of exploits in High School is impressive. The LA Daily News called Chalmers an overlooked D1 prospect, while his coach called him "World Class!" He was the All-Foothill League 1st Team Punter last season, and was "Mentionable Kicker", and "Mentionable Punter" at another kick/punt combo. (Mentionable in that format was equal to placing second through fifth overall for the entire combo as only the "Outstanding Kicker" was named alone.)
Chalmers was one of 7 finalists for the "Best kicker in LA" award given annually. Chalmers had to make at least 4 of 7 kicks to garner that honor, and nailed one from 50 yards away. Some of Chalmers other awards and honors are being named a Rafter Pro Training Kicking & Punting Camp Instructor, he was the featured kicker at the Rafter's, (No relation), Chino Special Teams Clinic, he was a 2005 finalists at the National Kicking Contest in Las Vegas, and was the featured kicker at Rafter's CRESPI Invitational.
At the National Kicking Competition in Las Vegas, Chalmers tied with 2 other kickers the 5th best score, (7 out of 10), and also had the 7th best Kickoff distance with 59 yards, and also had a very good hang time of 3.65 seconds. In the punting competition, he punted 42 yards with a hang time of 3.78 seconds.
Chalmers, much like Stringer, is a Punter and Kicker combo who excels at both with a very strong leg. Chalmers was being counted on by Hawaii to battle for the starting spot this fall as their kicker and his backup both left the team after the season because of eligibility and personal reasons. Chalmers had committed to walking on to the Hawaii squad, as was reported in both the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser, but sources close to the area have said that Chalmers has taken a very recent, and very strong interest in walking on at Boise State instead, and the Rafter's kicking site very recently switched their report on Chalmers and is now reporting him as a Boise State commit.
With the rumor, and now confirmation on the Rafter's kicking site, it looks like we can put some of our kicking fears to rest. Welcome Chris Chalmers to Boise State University!