|Austin Chambers. Rivals.com|
Position(s): Offensive/Defensive Line
Weight: 300 lbs.
Stat to Note
Originally rated as the nation's 25th best offensive guard (before being reclassified to the 58th best offensive tackle) in the class of 2014 by Rivals.com, Chambers has committed to play football at BYU. Last season he received First Team All-Sunflower league honors on the offensive line and second team honors on the defensive line.
While he obviously projects as an offensive lineman in college, Chambers has proven himself to be just as much of a force on the defensive side of the football. Last season he anchored the nose tackle position in SM West's 3-5-3 scheme, recording 68 tackles and 3.5 sacks. His best defensive game came in the 6A state championship when he disrupted Hutchinson's vaunted flexbone attack for four quarters, constantly blowing up plays in the Hutchinson backfield.
But back to offense. Chambers has been slotted as the right tackle in SM West's offensive attack the past two seasons and that's where he'll play in 2013. In the Vikings' run heavy offense, much of the team's success is predicated on how good the right tackle is. Last season SM West churned out over 3,500 yards on the ground, much of which had to do with Chambers' abilities.
The most important thing to remember about Chambers, however, is how athletic he is for a guy his size. A member of the varsity basketball team, he moves extremely well on top of the obvious strength and size advantages he holds on most players he faces. Voted a captain as a junior in 2012 (a rarity in any high school program for a non-senior), Chambers is a tremendous leader and his efforts might have the biggest say in whether SM West can repeat as the Class 6A champions in 2013.