Lee Chambers Talks Recruiting

Coffeeville (MS) High School tailback Lee Chambers, one of the most highly recruited players in the state of Mississippi, has his recruiting list narrowed to four. And two of those four are co-leaders for this outstanding young running back.

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"My favorite schools are Mississippi State, Southern Miss and South Carolina. Miami is also slowly moving into the picture. It's really like a tie between Southern Miss and Mississippi State," said Lee, who has 12 confirmed offers.

But it wasn't a tie prior to Monday.

"Southern Miss had become my top school. I was leaning toward them a whole lot," said Lee. "I have been real big on Southern Miss lately."

Part of the reason Southern Miss had moved ahead of Mississippi State, his leader prior to the recent switch in leaders, was due to a misunderstanding that was cleared up Monday thanks to initiative by Lee himself.

"I texted messaged (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom (Monday). We were texting back and forth," said Lee. "I was telling him that Southern Miss coaches were talking the way I liked and that I was leaning a lot toward Southern Miss and I'm going on a visit down there Saturday. I just want to be a true tailback and they were talking about that, while Coach Croom was talking about punt return and kick return, things like that."

As soon as he could, Lee called Coach Croom to continue the discussion.

"After I got out of class I called him. He was telling me a lot of good things that really impressed me," said the 5-11, 189-pounder. "I was real concerned because everytime I talked to him he was talking about punt return and kick return. I was concerned that when I came in, he would just use me as a returner. I know for sure that they have plenty of tailbacks, but he broke the situation down as to how he was going to do it. He wants to have two starting tailbacks because in the SEC you can't just run with one running back. He said he doesn't have a running back with my type speed that can go from goal line to goal line. What he was referring to about the kick and punt return, that was just to get me some reps as a freshman."

He'll have a chance to talk to Coach Croom in person next month.

"Since I missed their first camp, I am going to make sure I make Mississippi State's July camp," said Lee. "It's going to be an unofficial visit. I'm going to hang around with the coaches."

In addition to visiting MSU and Southern Miss, he'll also visit Miami.

"I am supposed to be going to Miami the second weekend in July and stay for a weekend, two days on campus and three days sightseeing," said Lee, who will fly there with his mother.

As Lee takes his unofficial visits, we'll keep you up-to-date on his thoughts about each school he visits.


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