March 22, 2012

Deacs make splash with Chambers

A commitment from Columbia (SC) Irmo offensive tackle Taylor Chambers would have been the only thing to make his visit to Wake Forest better for the Demon Deacons.

"I feel that Wake Forest it has the best combination of academics and football excellence in both categories than any other place that I visited," Chambers said.

He and his mother arrived to Winston-Salem Sunday afternoon, and was given a quick tour of the campus by Wake's head of high school relations Greg Bailie and graduate assistant Ryan McManus.

"I like it a lot," Chambers said. "It's a beautiful place, and it seems that the student body is a high-quality people and the landscape and all of the buildings are beautiful. I'd really like to be at a place like Wake Forest or very similar as far as the campus goes."

The 6-foot-8, 305-pounder thinks he would fit in well with the Wake Forest student body. Chambers plans to major in business or economics in college.

On Monday Chambers enjoyed a meeting with the associate dean of the business school, Dr. Betsy Hoppe.

"I got to learn about a lot of the different majors that they offer and a lot of the classes," Chambers said. "It seems like a very top-notch program right there."

He spent most of the day at the football office with Lonnie Galloway, Jonathan Himebauch and Steed Lobotzke.

Chambers said they are nice guys, have great knowledge about the university and did a good job of showing him around.

"We talked a little bit about the type of offense that they run and what he's looking for in an offensive lineman," Chambers said. "He [Himebauch] definitely wants somebody that will play aggressively. That was basically his bottom line, and somebody that will get out there and get after it."

He was also impressed with Wake's plans for its new weight room facility. Chambers added that a school's strength and conditioning program will be a factor in his decision.

Before returning home Chambers and his mother met with Jim Grobe.

"We didn't just talk about football," Chambers said. "We talked about our families and everything like that, and he did talk a lot about his history and his past with football and what type of behavior he expects out of his players."

Chambers added that Grobe runs a high-quality program, and respects the coach's high expectations for his players.

His lone offer comes from the Demon Deacons, but interest from other schools is starting to pick up. Chambers lists Clemson, Duke, Georgia, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and South Carolina along with Wake as some of the main programs he is considering. He is also hearing from Boston College and Tennessee.

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