UPDATE: A previous version of this story had not confirmed Sean Chambers new verbal commitment prior to withdrawing his pledge to Rutgers. Sean has since updated his twitter page that he is committed to the Wyoming Cowboys.
Todderick Hunt of nj.com reported that former Rutgers Football class of 2018 commit Sean Chambers has decommitted from the program.
Last Friday September 29, I watched Sean Chambers in action live against Dos Palos High School. It’s been a tragic time for the community. The Kerman public school is still stunned by the unexpected passing of head football coach Anthony Taylor on September 1. Despite the emotional toll it has taken on the team, including Sean himself, the Kerman High Lions are out to a 5-1 start.
The question on my mind was how the Rutgers staff discovered this potential star over 2,500 miles from campus. It turns out Lester Erb had an eye on Chambers for years while at Nevada, dating back to his time covering the area at his previous stop. His dual threat ability is heavily coveted by Chris Ash, Jerry Kill, and the rest of the Scarlet Knights staff.
During the game itself, Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl was personally on the Kerman sideline. He departed just before halftime to head back to Laramie, WY as the Cowboys kickoff against Texas State was less than 17 hours away. This indicated that even had Sean stayed committed to RU, Wyoming at minimum would be making a strong push for his services. Other schools mentioned by Hunt like local Fresno State and the University of Hawaii also have shown continued interest.
The other people I spoke to Friday, including Sean’s father, athletic staff, and school administrators still expressed excitement in the likelihood of Sean lacing them up for Rutgers. The term used was that Rutgers was “big-time” and the school had been actively following Rutgers games and donning Rutgers gear on a recent college shirt day. For whatever reason, Chambers made the decision to re-open his recruitment today.
Chambers is a tremendous athlete, also on the baseball diamond, and for sure meets or exceeds his listed height (6’3) and weight (215) as I stood near him on the sideline. His leadership is the first thing you notice, passion the second, but both pale in comparison to the way the ball just takes off out of his hand with a quick flick of the wrist. On his team’s second possession, 1st and 16 from their own 2 yard line, the team went 4 wide. Chambers on first and second down took an abbreviated 5 step drop as to not go out of the back of the end zone and fired passes off the hands of his intended receiver beyond the 35 yard line. Despite all-out blitzes, the defense had no chance of recording the safety.
ESPN had Chambers as RU’s highest rated commit, though 247 listed him behind RU’s only current QB commit in the 2018 class, Jalen Chatman. Chatman visited Rutgers this weekend and his commitment appears solid. Chambers’s father mentioned his son’s disappointment that due to the team’s matching schedules, Sean would be unable to attend a game this season like Jalen did.
NOTE: When I mentioned a piece was coming this week on Chambers this week in the Zamar Wise commit alert, I was not expecting Sean’s decommitment.