May 26, 2010

Kell prospect keeps on trucking

JEFFERSON - Kell's Jordan Chambers proved just how tough he is by the simple fact he was able to make it to the finals of the Class AAAAA shot put finals recently at the state track championships.

After all, it's not every day you get hit by a truck then go on to finish third in your classification. But that's just what the rising junior - who also happens to be one of the state's up-and-comers in football - was able to do.

"People probably think I'm invincible," Chambers chuckled during a recent interview with UGASports.

Granted, Chambers doesn't consider it the smartest thing he ever did.

The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder was horsing around at school, when for some reason, decided to hop on the hood of a friend's truck.

Bad move.

"I jumped on the truck but as I went to get off, he accelerated," Chambers said. "I yelled for him to stop, fell, and the truck ran over my leg."

His head also hit the pavement, causing a good-size cut, but otherwise Chambers was OK.

"I was stupid," Chambers said. "I won't be doing that again."

But despite the accident, Chambers was able to travel with teammates the following day to Jefferson to for the start of the annual state meet.

He didn't disappoint.

Chambers' throw of 57-9 easily garnered a third-place medal, although it was still off his school-record toss of 58-8 he achieved earlier this year.

Last year, Chambers finished sixth in the shot put as a true freshman.

He can also run.

Prior to coming to Jefferson, Chambers said coaches at Kell timed him at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash during football combines at the school.

"It was 4.4 flat," said Chambers, who plays linebacker and running back for the Longhorn squad.

But linebacker is his favorite position to play.

Chambers, who patterns himself after San Francisco All-Pro Patrick Willis, says he's one of the hardest hitters on his team.

College coaches are already taking notice.

Although he cannot be officially offered a scholarship until Sept. 1, Chambers said he's spoken to coaches from Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Central Michigan, among others.

"They've come to school to see some of our other players, but every time they see me they make it a point to say hi," said Chambers, whose blocked field goal helped Kell to an overtime victory last season over Centennial.

But make no mistake - linebacker is where Chambers feels most at home.

"I just like it," he said. "I feel I can do both (pass coverage and run stop), but I think I'm better at run-stopping, that guy who can blow up the middle."

It sure beats getting run over by a truck.

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