Focus '07: Emil Chambliss

Emil Chambliss, a 5'9 190 lb QB/DB from Lincoln High School is an under-the-radar kid, who has gotten off to a great start this season. Emil had a break-out game last week against JFK in the Bronx, as he scored all 5 TDs for Lincoln in their recent loss to rival JFK.

In that game, Emil Chambliss rushed for 3 scores, threw 1 TD, and on defense stripped the ball carrier and returned the ball 60 yards for a score. He also had an interception and led the defense in tackles.

The East-Cleveland, Ohio native just moved to Brooklyn last year and has finally become comfortable with the transition to the East Coast. "It is always a bit of an adjustment when you change schools and you have to get accustomed to a system. But for my first year, and dealing with the move and new environment, I think I did OK. I am more used to the style out here now and feel comfortable. I think I can really have a big senior year."

Last year, on offense, Emil played RB. He hits the hole hard and demonstrates good cutting ability. On the defensive side of the ball, Emil can play close to the line and make the big hit against the run, but also shows ball hawking skills and technique. As part of a platoon backfield, Emil rushed for 533 yards on just under 7 yards/carry. On the defensive side of the ball, he totaled over 40 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception. "My film last year was decent. I made plays, but was not as explosive as I wanted to be. But over the past year is when I have really worked hard in the weight room. I'll look like a different player this year."

At a recent SPARQ combine at his school, Emil ran a 4.6 forty yard dash, 30 inch vertical jump, and bench pressed 185-14 times. "I am not a 40-yard guy. But I have good football speed and have been working real hard to improve physically. I believe that I have Division I abilities."

And this summer, Emil started to take the college campus tour. "I went last month with my teammate Lansford Watson to Maryland and that was a good time. I liked the coaches there and the practice was very intense. Coach Solazzo is going to review my transcript and film and they said they are going to recruit me."

Emil has also made it down to New Brunswick for a Rutgers game.

"The fan support that they had there was great. Plus the team looks in fantastic shape. I think Rutgers has a chance to make some noise this year. I met with Coach Flood and he told me he was going to follow my senior year. I like them." Emil intends to take in at least one more game at Rutgers this year.

In addition to these 2 eastern schools, Emil is looking at some Ohio schools. "I am used to that tough, Midwestern style of play. That was my home, and football-wise I can fit in at some of the schools out there."

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