Being in the recruiting business for over a decade I've seen thousands of prospects during my time. It takes a lot to get me pumped up and excited but with one chance click that indeed happened when we saw 2016 Emerald safety/cornerback K.J. Chamberlain's highlight film.
You see Friday night we were listening to the Emerald-Wren game after filming the Ashley Ridge-Hillcrest game and what we heard perked our ears. Emerald was upending undefeated Wren and it shocked a lot of people including ourselves. The known commodity at Emerald is big 2015 defensive tackle Gage Cervenka who is already committed to Clemson. We feel Cervenka is underrated honestly but he's also got a teammate who we feel is the next big prospect out of Emerald, K.J. Chamberlain.
Chamberlain had a huge night for Emerald in the win over Wren knocking off 2015 QB Kelly Bryant, who like Cervenka, is also is a Clemson commit. Bryant has been the most dominant and dynamic quarterback in the state and Chamberlain and company got the job done on Friday night. He talked about the game and his team afterwards.
"Yes sir, I would say Friday night's game against Wren was my best game of the season. I had 2 interceptions and about 3 tackles. It was a 2nd round playoff game and the interceptions I got were clutch in helping my team get the win."
"We played an outstanding game on both sides of the ball and I think we are on a roll heading into this next game against A.C. Flora."
The pair of picks on Friday pushed Chamberlain's total to a state leading 11 interceptions.
"I play safety, cornerback, and wide receiver. So far this season I've got 46 tackles, 2 receiving touchdowns, and 11 interceptions with 1 pick six. Last year I had 76 tackles with 7 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles."
Given Chamberlain's 6'2 194 pound size he's already got a frame that college coaches are going to love. We were talking with an FBS and a FCS coach on Sunday and both perked up in a big way when we mentioned his size and numbers. When it comes to recruiting things have been remarkably quiet up till now.
"I've just heard from Charlotte and Newberry so far," Chamberlain told us.
That will definitely change in hurry moving forward so we asked the 2016 standout what other schools he's really interested in hearing more from in the very near future.
"I really wanna hear from South Carolina. That's a favorite but others are Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, and Coastal Carolina. I'd like to hear from anybody that wants to recruit me though."
Still relatively new to the recruiting scene Chamberlain already has a good idea as to what he'll be consider heavily when choosing a school.
"I can deal with any location, I don't think that would be too bad. Education would be first so I would look further into that. I can adjust to any style of play or even moving to another position that serves me best. I just love being in a big atmosphere, I love playing with pressure. It helps me think things out more. I'm very hard working so being low on a depth chart would only make me push myself harder than ever. I would love to play against big colleges and in big rivalry games, I think it would be interesting."
After watching his junior season highlights we already had some strong comparisons in mind and he didn't disappoint when we asked him if there were any players he tries to pattern his game after or compare it to.
"Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson. I love how aggressive they are, and how quarterbacks try to go to the side away from them. They are lockdown corners. Quarterbacks try to stay away from them and they try to stay away from me."
Right now the 2016 prospect reports a 2.9 GPA in the classroom and he's striving to up the ante in the classroom as well.
We'll continue to track K.J. Chamberlain's recruitment as there's no doubt things will pick up in a hurry once his film and story starts to circulate. We'll have the very latest here on SCPrepNation.com, where you heard it first!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...K.J. CHAMBERLAIN
Bench press: 245 pounds
Squat: 365 pounds
Power clean: 215 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.42 seconds
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