Fresno State Targeting Burbank (Calif) O-Lineman

Fresno State’s coaching staff has had seven offensive linemen on their short list so far during this recruiting period for the 2017 class, proven by the seven scholarship offers that were handed out to various trench players between the spring and June.

Jesse Chamberlain of Burbank (Calif.) John Burroughs High happens to be one of those linemen who made the cut.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Chamberlain received his scholarship opportunity from the ‘Dogs back on June 27, making Fresno State his second offer along with Idaho.

Chamberlain, who was an All-Pacific League First Team and All-CIF selection last season, currently mans the left tackle spot for the Indians, pummeling defensive ends to the ground on running plays.

“I was so thankful that the coaches gave me the chance to play for them [by offering me] and that they believe in me. I was truly speechless,” Chamberlain said regarding his FS offer. “Right now, I don't know much about them but I do know that they are all really close - the coaching staff and the players.”

Given his size and run-blocking prowess, Chamberlain is projected to move inside on the offensive line once his high school career ends. He said he’s been in contact with one of the new faces on the Bulldog coaching staff.

“My main recruiter was Coach Joe Bernardi [new tight ends coach] and since the offer, we are in contact almost every day. I am getting recruited to play some guard and center,” Chamberlain said.  

Off the field, he holds a 2.9 grade point average and is yet to take the SAT and ACT.

Along with his run blocking, Chamberlain shared with Scout his other primary traits as a lineman.

“Some of my strengths are that I do not get frustrated on the field and how I am a team first guy,” Chamberlain said. “The areas I need to improve on are my foot speed and being a more vocal leader. I prepare myself by going hard in every drill we do and always asking the coaches for help and tips on the little things.”

Chamberlain concludes that he won’t make a rush on his verbal commitment just yet, as he’s stressing relationship building as his top reason for finding the right school.

“What I look for in a college is making a personal connection with the coaches and feeling at home with the school,” Chamberlain said.

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