Former Clemson defensive back will be in Oxford Friday

Kaleb Chalmers out of Greenwood, S.C., just completed his season at N' West CC. The former Clemson defensive back is now set for his next journey. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound corner will enroll next month at either South Carolina or Ole Miss.

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Kaleb Chalmers went from a freshman on Clemson's 2015 national runner up team to a player playing to get back to that level after being dismissed for an off-the-field issue. He was dismissed in May and enrolled at N' West CC. Chalmers started every game for the Rangers 9-3 team.

"I think I got better at the mental aspect of the game," Chalmers said. "I just got into a rhythm because I redshirted at Clemson. It was nice to just get in a rhythm again.

The former Greenwood (S.C.) star had 30 tackles, one interception and thirteen knock down passes for the season.


"I just had to adapt to being in the junior college league. It's a second chance for a lot of us, and that is the way I had to look at it. I made a mistake at Clemson, and now I have to prove to everyone that I'm ready for another chance."

Kaleb was arrested for a misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Nevertheless, coach Dabo made the decision to dismiss the former All-State performer out of South Carolina.

"It was a tough lesson but I learned a lot. You can't put yourself in that situation. Now I'm just trying to get back up there and show them that I belong."

Chalmers took in his official visit to South Carolina this past weekend. The school is one that he has followed since he was a kid.

"They have a new staff over there. It's not the one that recruited me out of high school but they have made a lot of good changes. (South Carolina defensive back) coach Travaris (Robinson) coached at Florida. They are in the same situation as Ole Miss. They need some defensive backs to come in and play."

Ole Miss will be his next stop before the dead period starts. He visited the Oxford campus unofficially a couple weeks back.

"It was probably about three weeks ago. I came over there to watch them practice and talk to their coaches. Coach (Jason) Jones has been hitting me up. He told me that I was one of the top junior college corners on their board and offered me. It was excited to get that opportunity. They have a great program. They had back to back good seasons and just had some injuries this year. It all started when Kendarius Webster got hurt. He actually plays my position. They just need a couple guys like me to put them back up there. I'm going in with the mind set that I'm going to start. I'm coming into play."

Playing time will definitely play into the decision.

"Both Ole Miss and South Carolina need corners. I'm just going to go where I get the best vibe on my visit. That's basically what it will come down to."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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