December 9, 2012

Chambers finishes strong

Irmo (SC) offensive tackle and Wake Forest commitment Taylor Chambers finished his high school career on a high note.

Chambers played in the South Carolina North-South All-Star game Saturday, Dec. 8 at Myrtle Beach High School, as a member of the North Team.

"It was a great experience getting to play with a lot of the top players in South Carolina. I'm really glad that I got to have it. That's the way that I ended all of my high school football."

"That was a good way to end the season. Our season it turned around, because at the beginning we started off the season 1-3 and then we ended up winning the region championship."

The Yellow Jackets rallied to finish a solid 7-6, made it to the second round of the state playoffs.

"I felt that I did pretty well," Chambers said. "I was a leader on the offensive line, and it felt pretty good to be a leader. Performance-wise I did well. I had a couple of really good games, some breakout performances, but it was a solid season overall."

He is shifting his attention to his Wake Forest. Chambers said he will be lifting weights every day and will be playing on a church-league basketball team to stay in shape.

Chambers, who completed only his third year of playing organized football, said he would prefer to redshirt as a freshman unless he is needed on the field right away, so he can improve his strength and speed and learn the offense.

"Right now I'm not quite sure what their plans are for me, but I know they're shooting high expectations for the future, whether it may be a redshirt or either way starting off my first year," Chambers said.

Lonnie Galloway was Chambers' primary for the Demon Deacons, while Jonathan Himebauch also played a significant role.

"I talk with them [Galloway and Himebauch] on the phone a lot," Chambers said.

"I definitely have a strong relationship with Coach Galloway and Coach Himebauch and also Coach [Jim] Grobe. He's called me two or three times in the past couple of months, so I've gotten the chance to speak with him a lot."

Chambers added Galloway made the trip to Irmo two weeks ago.

The Palmetto State product's most recent trip to Winston-Salem was Saturday, Nov. 3 when he saw the Deacs defeat Boston College 28-14.

He stays in constant contact with fellow commitments Josh Harris and Cory Helms.

"I've stayed in touch a little bit with some of the other guys and seen them a pretty good amount," Chambers said. "I definitely like all of the offensive linemen. I really like all of the commits."

"I think we could be one of the best offensive lines in the ACC and maybe even more than that. I really have a good feeling about all of the guys that will be playing with me. I'm confident that we'll be a great offensive line."

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