Commitment on the Horizon?

Coffeeville (MS) High School's Lee Chambers, one of the top running backs in the state of Mississippi and possibly the southeast, has several schools interested in him. He unofficially visits one of them this weekend. And if he likes what he sees a commitment might occur.

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"I would say my favorite (school) is Mississippi State," said Lee. "My father went there. He played cornerback there in the mid-70's. I like that their tailback is a big part of their offense. And he gets the ball about 85 to 90% of the time. I also know that (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom has been a running back coach in the NFL. He knows how to produce NFL-type backs. I feel I would have a better chance if I go there and he will build me into an NFL-type running back."

This weekend, he plans on visiting MSU unofficially.

"I am going on an unofficial visit (to Mississippi State) Saturday," said the 6-0, 191-pounder. "If I like what I see while I'm there, I might go ahead and commit. I really do feel Mississippi State is the place for me. (MSU assistant) Coach (J.B.) Grimes sent me a copy of their depth chart showing me where I am needed. Right now, they have a back starting that is only 5-10 and 188 pounds. Being that they run an I formation and the offset back, that is really my type offense."

While Mississippi State might wind up with a new commitment after this weekend, there are several other schools that hope that's not the case.

"Mississippi State, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia Tech are all showing interest in me," said Lee. "South Carolina and Mississippi State have offered me."

Although it appears MSU is definitely at the top of his list, one other school is almost neck and neck with them. And two others are just a notch below.

"I have very high interest in Mississippi State and South Carolina," he said. "(Assistant) Coach Gillespie, the running backs coach for South Carolina, and I have a great relationship. I call him all the time and he tells me a lot of things. He talks about football stuff and off-the-field stuff. And I feel it is great if a person can have a great relationship with their position coach. I also like Alabama and Georgia Tech."

What is it about Lee that has caused him to receive such attention? How about his exceptional speed and strength?

"I normally run a 4.42, 4.43 (forty yard dash)," said Lee, who has been running track since his freshman season. "I run the 100 and 200 meters in track. I'm the state champion from last year. I won the state (100 meters) with a 10.87. My best in the 100 is 10.56. I did that at a Columbus (MS) meet."

And his strength?

"I just started power-lifting this year and got 1st in the North Half and now I'm going on to State (on April 6th)," he said. "My dead-lift is what did it. I (lifted) 465. My squat was 315. I scratched my first two times when I did the squat because the judges told me that I wasn't low enough. My bench press was 225. I'm seeded 5th place going into (the) State (championship meet)."

Obviously Lee is one of the top overall athletes in the state of Mississippi this year. Will he make the Mississippi State Bulldog coaches happy this weekend by committing? Stay tuned on to find out.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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