Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Coach: 2021 LB Chaz Chambliss A Player, Leader Beyond His Years

May 16, 2018
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As a 2021 prospect, Chaz Chambliss‍ has only played a single season of high school football, but that hasn’t stopped the Georgia linebacker from collecting offers from some of the nation’s top programs.

“With Chaz, you kind of have to pinch yourself every once in a while,” Carrollton High School head coach Sean Calhoun said. “He’s 15 years old and the majority of his film was at 14 years old. He didn’t turn 15 until mid or late-October and the season is almost done then. He’s built like he’s much older. He carries himself in a very mature way.

“Chaz is so physical at the point of attack for just being his age. He understands football, but he’s coachable.”

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder picked up an offer from Notre Dame earlier this month – along with his teammate, 2020 linebacker Kevin Swint. Chambliss’ offer sheet also includes schools like Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Georgia Tech among others.

We recently heard Calhoun rave about Swint on and off the field and he said Chambliss is no different.

“It’s kind of crazy how similar they are,” the coach said. “Everything I said about Kevin, I could say about Chaz.

“Him and Kevin have great foundations at home, great two-parent households. Chaz is another high-academic kid. I think him and Kevin are both around a 3.6 GPA. Chaz just works so hard on the field. He’s the one who stays after and does extra.”

Despite their ages, both Chambliss and Swint seek out leadership positions within their program.

“You ought to see them guys in the weight room,” Calhoun said. “It is amazing to see. They put a lot of pressure on themselves. Chaz really wants to be a leader. They just have that It Factor. In my opinion, it’s nothing you can coach. I think some kids just have it.”

That attitude makes Calhoun’s job easier.

“Absolutely,” he said. “We always tell them that a player-led team is going to go farther than a coach-led team. When those two lead by example, Kevin is a little bit more vocal than Chaz is, they’re a perfect combination. They are the example. They are the leaders of that defense. They’ve become the leaders in the locker room.

“It makes the job of a coach a little bit easier to know they’re going to handle a lot of stuff. That’s always good.”

In addition to their gifts on the field and in the classroom, Calhoun said Chambliss and Swint both handle themselves with class.

“That’s the greatest thing about these two kids’ journey so far,” the coach said. “They’re getting these offers and publicity and the student body knows who they are and the people in the community, but you wouldn’t know it. You wouldn’t know it by the way they work. You wouldn’t know it by the way they carry themselves. You would think that they have no offers.

“It’s just a breath of fresh air. I’m just very fortunate that they’re putting on that uniform.”

Like Swint, Chambliss has been on the road a bit already, but will get out more in the coming months and possibly to South Bend.

“Obviously, he’s got a little more time than Kevin does, but he’s going to do the same thing; sit down and decide and where they want to see and what really piques their interest and really want to get a deeper look on those campuses.”

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