Lee Chambers: Prefers Honor Over Hype

In this day of high pressure recruiting tactics where hype sometimes replaces honor, it's not always easy to find honorable men like Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom. And Lee understands that. That's one of the reasons his commitment to MSU is so solid.

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"My commitment to Mississippi State is solid. Nothing can sway me. I am taking no visits. I'm not even going to accept any phone calls. I decided that the day after I committed to Mississippi State," said Lee. "I called Coach Croom and told him that after I committed. When I told him, he said that no matter what happens, whether I break my leg or get injured in some other way, he would put me on medical scholarship at Mississippi State and my school would be free. Coach Croom was also the only coach that said he was going to make sure I had my degree before I left college. My mom was very big on that."

With his commitment now out of the way, Lee is taking time out during the summer to learn more about his future school and future teammates.

"I set up a visit to Mississippi State so that I could spend a day on campus," said Lee. "I wanted to get to know the players and see how they work out."

So, how was the unofficial visit?

"My visit to Mississippi State this time was much better than the first one because we got more in-depth in the way they do things," said the excited youngster.

Lee talked about some of the things he learned while at State.

"The first thing we did when I got there was go see (Jim Nowell) the head strength and conditioning coach. We sat down and talked with him. He told me about the things that will be going on when I get there as a freshman," said Lee.

"We went into their film room and Coach Grimes (the MSU coach who is recruiting him) showed me their base formation and the plays they run out of each formation. Basically, whatever they can do to give me the ball they are going to do it. They can hand it to me, throw it to me, kick it to me, punt it to me. Basically, everything.

"I also learned that the dorm that I'm going to be staying in, Ruby Hall, is brand new and top of the line. I also learned more about the campus. The cafeteria is right up the road from Ruby Hall.

"(Coach Grimes) told me about so much construction that was going on that I can't even remember most of it. Everywhere we went on campus there was construction being done."

In addition to talking with the coaches and learning about the tremendous about of construction going on, he also had the chance to meet veterans and rookies, alike.

"I met Omarr Conner again. He knew who I was so he congratulated me (on committing to MSU). He said I made a good choice. He said he hated that he wasn't going to be able to play with me, because when I come in he will have already graduated," said Lee.

"I also talked to some of the freshmen. I talked to (running back) Anthony Dixon who was in the Croom Room when I came in. He talked about how he loves it at Mississippi State. I also met (offensive lineman) Mark Melichar, (MSU commitment) D.J. Looney's friend. The freshmen worked out at 1 o'clock. When we went to the weightroom to watch them, he walked over and asked me if I was Lee Chambers."

After visiting for a second time, was there any one thing that stood out over everything else?

"Everything stood out to me. I don't know what it is about Mississippi State, but I just feel at home when I'm there. It feels like I've always been there," said Lee.

If you want to see what you can expect once Lee steps foot on campus in the fall of 2007, check out his junior highlight video.


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