Solidly On Board

Solidly On Board

Miramar High School wide receiver Dante Chambers was somewhat overshadowed during his high school career, but that didn't stop West Virginia from making an offer after seeing his senior film.

"West Virginia offered me about three weeks ago, and that's a place that I've always thought about going," said Chambers, who was a productive member of the Patriots state championship team. "That's where I'm going – there's no question about it. I am sending my letter of intent in on Wednesday."

Chambers, who also had offers from Florida Atlantic and Florida International, thinks that the presence of so many stars on his team hurt his recruitment somewhat. Last year, seniors Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey were in the spotlight, and this year it was fellow wideout Ivan McCartney who nabbed much of the attention.

"Overall, I do feel like I was overshadowed some. But that was just motivation for me to work harder," said Chambers, who made it clear that he wasn't jealous of the attention his teammates garnered.

West Virginia was one school that kept in touch, particularly wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway, who spoke with Chambers frequently.

"We'd talk about Geno and what it would be like to play with him again, and we'd talk about what my role could be at West Virginia," Chambers said. "He told me what he likes about West Virginia, and we just had good talks. Reuniting with Geno and Stedman is one of the reasons that I was really interested in West Virginia."

Chambers also noted that he talks with McCartney frequently about college choices, and admits that they discuss what it wold be like to have a "four amigos" reunion at West Virginia. While not dropping any hints about McCartney's final destination, Chambers admitted that it would be great to see a complete Miramar reunion in Morgantown.

Chambers recently took the SAT for the first time, and has a 2.5 GPA, and anticipates qualifying by the end of the spring semester.


NOTES

Miramar welcomed a transfer quarterback to replace Smith when he moved on to West Virginia, and the progress of Ryan Williams was a step-by-step process. Chambers know, however, that with enough work, they would click.

"At the beginning of the year I knew it would take time, because he had to get used to the speed of the game coming from a lower division," Chambers noted. "We just worked after practice throwing passes, running routes, doing drills, and getting his timing down with us."

If nothing else, that shows Chambers' work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile to maximize not only his potential, but that of everyone on the team. In the end, it paid off, as Miramar rolled to the Class 6A state title that it fell one game short of a year ago.

"Losing that game last year – it hurt coming up one game short," Chambers said. "It was motivation for us for this year."

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Chambers is running track this spring for Miramar, and will compete in the 100- and 400-meter dashes as well as the relay events at both distances.

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