Kerman (Calif.) is used to an influx of Major League Baseball scouts, coming to check out the diamond talent at Kerman High – most notably Carlos Salazar, a 2013 alumnus who wound up in the Atlanta Braves system.
Getting a Big 10 school – let alone a Power Five conference team – to offer a scholarship to any of their players is extremely rare for the town of approximately 15,000.
“This is huge news to a town like Kerman,” Chambers told Scout. “It's not every day when you see a small-town kid land an offer from a Big 10 school. The whole town is proud of me and very excited for my future. This is a very big deal to this town.”
Chambers will be entering his third varsity season this fall. Last season, Chambers threw and ran past defenses, with 3,050 combined yards (1,027 rushing) and a total of 34 touchdowns – culminating in All-North Sequoia League honors. He has 5,671 total yards and 61 touchdowns -- throwing and running -- in his prep career.
Chambers said new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jerry Kill offered him the scholarship, adding, “The conversations we've had were discussing the offense plus he told me he likes me, how I play and how I throw the football.”
Chambers wasn’t the only Kerman resident who was over the moon over his first offer, so was his Lion teammates and coaches.
“The reaction from my teammates and coaches was incredible. They were all super happy for me and super proud of me. They've all been a part of this struggle with me and they were all happy that the hard work paid off,” Chambers said. “I will definitely remember this offer. It will be up on my wall for sure.”