An upcoming prospect that has quickly risen on Michigan’s radar is Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity 2019 running back Steele Chambers. The talented youngster from the Peach State was targeted very early in his recruitment and the Wolverines didn’t wait long to officially become a contender when they were one of the first to offer him. With an offer in hand, he decided to recently make a trip up to Ann Arbor and despite his short time to visit, he left impressed.
“I flew there from Atlanta at 8 am and flew back at 8 pm, but it was well worth the tough trip,” Chambers told The Michigan Insider. “I was very impressed with the school, program, coaching staff, and academic support for their players. I was able to spend a lot of time speaking to each coach. I met with the strength and conditioning coach first and was very impressed with him. I then was able to meet with Coach Jay Harbaugh my position coach. I toured the campus, academic facility that supports the players, and finally got a tour of the stadium. After that, I had a long conversation with Head Coach Jim Harbaugh in his office and then got to meet the assistant athletic director who showed me the pictures of the new facility that is about to be built. My day ended with a meeting with Coach Partridge who is the recruiter for my area and initially made the offer.”
“My good friend Chris Hinton, who has also been offered by Michigan was impressed with the school and now I can see why. It is definitely now in my top 5.”
Chambers also noted that his trip to Michigan was the most authentic visit he’s been on thus far in large part due to their family atmosphere and attention to detail.
“Everyone there seemed so real like they sincerely cared about you as a person and student, not just about what you can do on a football field,” said Chambers. “They truly made me feel welcome. They took their time with me. The equipment manager even knew what jersey number I wore in middle school. That was crazy.”
While the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Chambers enjoyed his full day’s worth during his time spent in Ann Arbor, there were definitely a few memorable aspects that stood out the most.
“Meeting Coach Harbaugh,” said Chambers. “He is one of the best in the business and it was an honor that he took so much time with me. I would learn a lot from him. Standing in the middle of the field felt pretty amazing as well. I also got to see the baseball field which was nice since I play.”
The Wolverines have also begun to make their presence felt in Georgia as of late, especially last recruiting class plucking one of the Peach State’s finest in Aubrey Solomon away from many programs and having three 2018 commitments reigning now from Georgia as well.
After getting to experience Michigan himself, Chambers isn’t shocked to see why many Peach State prospects are taking a harder look at the Maize and Blue.
“The school and coaching staff speaks for itself,” said Chambers. “Anyone that is recruited by Michigan can take one visit there and will see why a lot of Georgia boys are deciding to go up north and play for Coach Harbaugh. He said it best during our conversation, he is "mining for gold". He wants those players that are not just great athletes but are also great students and I like that someone recognizes that it is not easy maintaining a 3.9 GPA and playing multiple sports at a high level. I also feel that Michigan doesn't get caught up in the gossip or word of mouth stuff, they go to the actual film to make their decisions. They don't just offer a player because someone else did, they look at not just your highlights, but your full body of work for the season. Coach Partridge said it wasn't my highlight tape that sold them on me, it was all of my film my entire season was watched. I think their patience and presence in Georgia will get more players choosing Michigan and I feel that they are on their way to do some great things and about to have a lot of southern boys heading north.”
He added that he “most definitely” plans on returning to Michigan and already has an idea of when that may happen next.
“They invited me and my family up for the Michigan vs Ohio State game in November,” said Chambers. “Once the new facilities are done I would like to see them as well. I would like to (visit for that Ohio State game), but it depends on if I have practice for the playoffs during that time. If the schedule works out, then yes I will be there.”