Kerman (Calif.) has long been known as a baseball stronghold located on the West side of Fresno, with former minor leaguers Steve Dunnegan (drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies), Oscar Hirschkorn (drafted by the San Diego Padres) and recently Carlos Salazar (drafted by the Atlanta Braves) coming through the town’s baseball pipeline.
But now, one notable baseball star is out to prove that Kerman High football has a potential NCAA FBS recruit in the making – in the form of 6-foot-4, 205-pound Sean Chambers.
The tall and athletic 2018 prospect Chambers has some notable football accolades that speak toward his potential football future, with 2,621 combined yards and 27 touchdowns in his varsity debut last season, culminating in Chambers earning the North Sequoia League Co-Offensive Player of the Year honor.
He’s aware that his city has baseball prestige, but he wants college football coaches and the Central Section scene to know that Lions football is on the rise.
“Sometimes I think people look at Kerman as just a baseball town, but I hope we can change that in the next two years - just show people that we play decent football out in Kerman too,” Chambers said.
Chambers runs amok on defenses when he’s under duress or through quarterback keeper plays, with 1,213 rushing yards in 2015-16 to back that trait up. When he doesn’t tuck the ball in and take off, he’s strong at fooling defenses with the play action and firing his football fastball down the field to his receivers.
“Some of the things that makes me who I am as a quarterback is that I can run the ball. Sometimes teams don't know whether we're going to run the ball or throw the ball,” Chambers said.
His summer has gotten off to a productive start, as Chambers won Most Valuable Player honors at the T1 Sports Academy High School showcase in May 2016; a camp that’s featured past MVP’s Tyler Horton (Boise State), Zeandae Johnson (California), Dejonte O’Neal (Fresno State) and rising 2020 prospect Kendall Milton (Brigham Young offer).
Local university Fresno State has shown early interest in him, Chambers said, as he made an appearance at the Bulldogs’ June 12 skills camp. He recently introduced himself to the University of Nevada coaching staff as he took in the sights and sounds of Reno during the weekend of June 18.
“Nevada was absolutely amazing. The campus was beautiful and the coaches were awesome. I can't wait to go back,” Chambers said, who added that he interacted with offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey, wide receivers coach/Central California recruiter Lester Erb and head coach Brian Polian during his visit.
While Chambers is trying to perfect his skills with a glove and bat like all Kerman baseball players, he’s trying to hone his craft with the pigskin as well.
“I've been working to increase my accuracy and make sure I hit my targets,” Chambers said. “And of course, I always brush up on my footwork just to keep that sharp.”
And where will his future lie? On the gridiron or on the baseball diamond?
“I'm just waiting to see where my future will take me. Not going to make a decision on that soon,” Chambers said. “I have always dreamed of attending a university to play a sport and the chance that my dream could come true is a pretty cool feeling.”
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