Steele Chambers, a Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity Catholic athlete, committed to Ohio State on Wednesday evening, choosing the Buckeyes over offers from Georgia, Clemson, Alabama and several other powerhouse programs in the Southeast in a surprise decision.
Chambers is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound recruit who has the possibility to play running back or linebacker in college, but seems significantly more likely to play running back in Ohio State’s scheme. The 247Sports composite rankings consider Chambers a 4-star recruit, the No. 340 recruit overall in 2019, the No. 29 athlete in his class, and No. 37 prospect in the state of Georgia.
What Steele Chambers means for Ohio State on the field
Chambers is a complete prospect in all facets of the game. He contributed all over the field for Blessed Trinity Catholic’s state championship-winning squad. On offense, Chambers scored 26 touchdowns and ran for 1,545 yards on 198 carries. He was comparably productive on defense, notching 70 tackles, 4 forced fumbles and 5 sacks. In addition to being an excellent student — he carries a 4.0 GPA going into the end of his junior year — Chambers was a first-team all-state selection.
Now, he is rather tall for a running back. But he plays with a low center of gravity and his incredibly powerful lower body forces defenders to frequently bounce off of him when attempting to tackle. Chambers has quick feet, but there’s definitely some power in his game.
But calling him just a power runner would be an insult. Chambers contributes in the passing game, both as a blocker and receiver, and is very comfortable making players miss in space. If you’re looking for a comparison to a recent Ohio State player, Mike Weber or Carlos Hyde aren’t bad places to start.
The way Chambers can use those quick feet to dance in the backfield or make a jump cut before hitting the seam and going is very impressive for a prospect of his age. He has pull-away speed once he gets going.
Many of those same traits make Chambers an incredibly effective linebacker, as well. He changes direction well and bursts to the football, running downhill as soon as he identifies the play. Chambers arrives with violence at the point of attack and displays near-perfect form tackling.
What Steele Chambers means for Ohio State in recruiting
Chambers’ commitment is certainly an interesting development that seemed to come out of left field for the Buckeyes. They’ve been major players in his recruitment and hosted him for an unofficial visit on March 30, but it was somewhat surprising to see the big Georgia athlete decide so soon.
Chambers is commitment No. 6 for Ohio State’s 2019 class and likely the second running back, joining Avon (Ind.) 4-star recruit Sampson James. He joins a wave of recent commitments for the Buckeyes, becoming the third prospect to commit to the program since Friday.
Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class in now ranked No. 14 nationally in the 247Sports composite team rankings, and checks in at No. 3 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have only six commitments, however, and have the top-ranked class among programs with six or fewer commits. The class is ranked No. 4 in average player rating.
The major question coming out of Chambers’ commitment is how this impacts the Buckeyes’ recruiting efforts at running back moving forward. If Chambers is indeed a running back, which seems the likeliest outcome, it dampens the odds that highly ranked prospects such as Devyn Ford or Noah Cain will end up with the Buckeyes.
Ford, the No. 6 running back in the class, is scheduled to make an April 28 official visit to Ohio State before deciding on May 18. The Buckeyes are battling Virginia Tech and, to a lesser extent, Penn State for his services. Cain is the No. 2 running back in the 2019 class and has no plans to decide any time before December. The Buckeyes are heavily involved, but his recruitment includes nearly every major program in the country.
On the topic of Chambers himself, however, this is another great get for the Buckeyes in terms of character. Chambers is an elite young man on his academics, holding a 4.0 GPA and looking like he’s on track to graduate at or near the top of his class. He comes from a great family and there seems to be plenty of mutual admiration on a personal level between Chambers and the Ohio State coaches.
Beating all of the major Southern programs for a blue-chip prospect out of Georgia is always a point of pride for the Buckeyes. Ohio State remains heavily involved with several other Georgia prospects, most notably 4-star center Harry Miller, who took an official visit to Ohio State for the spring game on Saturday. Four-star wide receivers Zion Puckett and Ramel Keyton, 5-star safety Jaylen McCollough and 3-star safety Kyle Hamilton remain in the mix with the Buckeyes, as well.