Cameron Chambers long spoke about playing in the Big Ten, so it should come as no surprise the Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek four-star receiver announced he will play his college football in the prestigious conference.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Chambers, who is a class of 2016 prospect, announced he is committed to Michigan State decision via twitter moments ago.
"I would like to thank all of the schools that offered me the opportunity to attend their university," wrote via Twitter. "I am happy to announce that I will be playing WR and pursuing my master's degree at Michigan STATE UNIVERSITY!!"He was also considering Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Alabama.
Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said the pick made perfect sense.
“I think Michigan State is a great fit,” Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said. “Obviously, I’m a big fan of (defensive coordinator) coach (Pat) Narduzzi. We built a pretty good relationship, even though I haven’t sent him any guys over the years. I think very, very high with him.
“Even coach (Mark) Dantonio, I had an opportunity to meet him, and the program itself, I like their hardcore, bare knuckles, no frills style. They’re successful.”
Although committing to a school prior to a junior season could raise some eyebrows, there is a reason Chambers wanted to end his recruitment, and it was not all about football.
“He had some goals he set for himself, academically,” Hinson said. “Be over a 3.0 (grade point average) this year and he wants to go higher next year. He wants to enroll early (January 2016), so he has some goals he set. One of the major goals is selecting a school so he can graduate early and improve his GPA even more and then learn about his school. He wants to go in and play.”
Chambers is coming off a season in which he made 57 catches for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he spent the offseason working to improve his speed and become more of a downfield threat.
“Obviously, his size, his route-running (stand out),” Hinson said. “He’s catching the ball better now and he ran track and got more explosive. He’s a pretty complete receiver at the high school level. He’s become a more explosive athlete where he’s not longer just a big 10th grade kid with a great body. He’s really an explosive kid right now.
“He ran track and got far more explosive. He didn’t run track (before) and now he got down to 22 (seconds) in the 200 meters, which is very fast. He got stronger, he developed more, he’s more polished, so maybe last year, since he was a younger kid playing next to (Pittsburgh freshman) Adonis (Jennings), he could be viewed as a possession receiver, but this year’s track …he ran at the Meet of Champions on the 4 X 100. He ran at the Penn Relays.”