"Dante just has a natural ability to play," Cogdell added when discussing Chambers, who became West Virginia's latest addition to its 2010 football recruiting class. "He's a super kid, too."
Chambers was part of a star-studded lineup at Miramar High School a year ago. Teaming with Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney, the quartet was called "The Four Amigos" by Cogdell. While that collection of talent might have been daunting to some, Chambers held his own, catching 31 passes for 474 yards and three touchdowns. He wasn't worried about being overshadowed by his talented teammates, and played his role very well.
As a senior, Chambers and McCartney teamed up to deliver a Class 6A state championship to the Patriots, and although McCartney received more publicity this year, Chambers came through in key situations as well.
"He won a couple of games for us, and just had baig-time games," said Cogdell.
Chambers had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in the state championship contest, and finished the season with 58 receptions for 627 yards and five touchdowns.
Following his senior season, Chambers got some renewed interest from a number of schools, and when the offer came for West Virginia, he was quick to accept it.
"He never really got offered early, but after the state championship game, there was more interest, and he got the offer [from West Virginia]," Cogdell said. "He was ready, so he accepted it."
That act puts three of the four amigos in West Virginia colors, and the Mountaineers hope to add McCartney to the class and complete the sweep. He plans to announce his intentions on Signing Day, Feb. 3.