Terps Near Top for Budding Fla. Star Chambers

Maryland and BYU don't link up often -- not in competition and not for recruits, especially in football. But for Harmony (Fl.) Harmony wide receiver/safety O'Neill Chambers, the two schools -— thousands of miles from each other and neither close to the Sunshine State -— sit atop his list of favorites.


BYU holds his No. 1 spot and Maryland isn't far behind at No. 2. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Chambers visited the schools' camps in late June and came back with favorable impressions of both.

"The coaches are real open with me," said Chambers on Maryland, which offered him a couple weeks before camp. "Anytime I go [to Maryland] I feel like I go to the school because I know where everything is at and it's easy to get around.

"My trip to BYU was real nice. I was one of the best receivers there. I'm their No. 1 recruit and they really want me to go there but I haven't made a decision yet."

The decision will come after his senior season and it probably won't come alone. Chambers holds a close bond with teammate Kedron Paul, a 5-foot-8, 153-pound defensive back, and the plan is to play together in college.

"It's what we're looking to do," Chambers said. "Even if it's a low D-1 school or any D-1, if we both get into the same school or are able to look at the same school, we'll make the decision to go to the same school."

The duo, which will lead Harmony High at University of Florida's prestigious Friday Night Lights 7-on-7 camp July 20, shares offers from BYU, Mississippi State, Houston and Texas Tech. Maryland could join the list soon.

"They liked us both and they were really excited for us to be there. Maryland is interested in Kedron and they got his highlights and they're looking to offer I believe," Chambers said.

Maryland worked at both with the defensive backs at its camp and is recruiting Chambers as a safety. He said his better position is at wide receiver and that's what he would prefer to play in college, but it won't be make-or-break in his decision.

As one of the best receivers in central Florida and one of the top big receivers in the entire talent-laden state, Chambers is as physical as they come.

"I'm real powerful," he said. "I'm not scared to hit—I love to hit. I can get off the jam quicker than anybody in the state of Florida."

His receiver skills have also helped him at his less-familiar position in the defensive backfield.

"At safety I can read the ball pretty good. As soon as the ball is thrown I can recover ground quicker than most safeties and I can adjust to the ball because I'm a receiver and I know what routes they're running before they even run," he said.

Chambers' recruiter at Maryland is running backs coach Phil Zacharias.

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