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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Two early favorites for No. 4 Kansas player

By Damon Sayles

Three-star offensive tackle Austin Chambers (Shawnee, Kan./Shawnee Mission West) has a lot of attractive qualities. With every minute, it seems, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman gets better and better.

As Chambers' recruiting process goes on, Kansas and BYU are hoping teams continue to see him as as a sleeper. Chambers, the No. 4 player in Kansas and a top-50 offensive tackle nationally, has only those two offers, but schools such as Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska and Utah are starting to show considerable interest.

“I've really enjoyed being able to see the different programs and meet different coaches to try and figure out what fits best for me and what I'm looking for in a college,” Chambers said. “It feels really good to know that they're interested in me.”

For the moment, Chambers is most interested in the schools that are willing to take a chance on him. He picked up the Kansas offer the summer after his sophomore season. BYU offered him during his junior year.

Both programs are attractive to Chambers, as both offer different reasons for him attending.

“I like KU's coaching staff,” Chambers said. “With Coach [Charlie] Weis, Coach [Tim] Grunhard and Coach [Dave] Campo, those guys alone have so much NFL experience. I think they're doing a wonderful job in building them into a respectable program.

“I'm LDS [Latter-Day Saints], so the religious appeal of BYU is a big deal for me. I've got a lot of family in Utah, so it'll be close to family. I also have family near KU. It's going to be tough.”

Chambers added that he hopes to visit several schools over the summer, but he won’t make any rushed decisions or hesitate to announce his choice if he feels comfortable.

“It's a really big decision, so I'm waiting to weigh all my options and just choose what's right for me,” Chambers said. “I want to go somewhere and win football games. I want to go somewhere that gives me an option to play at the next level. I want to get a good degree and be close to family, because they're a part of my life.

“Football is the sport I love, and just being able to verify all my hard work with these two offers feels really good. It's a little reminder of why I work hard every day.”