Chaz Chambliss is Looking at All Options

February 18, 2019
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CARROLLTON - Not knowing what to expect is the best part of hunting for Chaz Chambliss‍.

He’s not willing to take the chance of not knowing what to expect on the gridiron. 

“Hunting and fishing is by chance - by luck most of the time. Football… you have to work for it,” he said. “You have to work for every single yard; every single catch; every single tackle. Ain’t nothing is going to make football easier unless you train yourself to make it easier.”

All that work, and pretty good DNA, has made Chambliss one of the top prospects in the country for the class of 2021. An outside linebacker with the ability to get after the quarterback, Chambliss likes to spend his time off the field hunting and finishing around his home in Carrollton and in Mississippi where part of his family roots are. 

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The biggest fish Chambliss has ever caught? A ten-pound bass, but you are going to have to take his word for it because there is no proof. 

“I got around a ten-pound bass one summer morning. I didn’t take a picture of it,” he said. “I like it to be in my mind. It doesn’t matter to anyone else unless they are the ones catching it, and I caught that one.”

“He served for 25 years as a Drill Sergeant. It is his way or the highway.”
- Chaz Chambliss‍ on his father

The 6-3, 220-pound prospect said he equates his hobbies with the sport he’s being pursued by nearly all of the country to play in college. Chambliss says there’s nothing wrong with taking a shot and coming up empty, but with a caveat. 

“There’s nothing wrong with missing unless it is your fault - unless you jerk (pulling the trigger). You can feel yourself jerk, and that’s what gets me most of the time. Its like your nerves are going. Its like missing a tackle in a game,” he said. “You want to destroy a guy - hit his helmet off. Its like you want to hit him so hard that you don’t wrap up, and he just spin moves you. Its basically the same thing.”

Chambliss’ father was stationed at Fort Jackson near Columbia, South Carolina when he was a toddler. The family soon left the area, but he said one of his earliest memories as a child was watching his father play basketball on the base. 

“That’s a distant memory,” he admitted. “He served for 25 years as a Drill Sergeant. It is his way or the highway. I try not to let it get to the highway - especially as a kid. He would come home with his Drill Sergeant hat on… you could barely see his eyes. It was kind of intimidating.”

However the rising junior stressed that there’s plenty of love between father and son. 

“He pushes me. He’s not strict all of the time - its about life and doing things outside of being strict.”

Chambliss will use his family as a guide for the decision on where to play after his days at Carrollton are over. He said he’s interested in seeing what everyone has to offer. 

“Will they treat me like family?” he asked of all the college he will visit. “The campus. The education. And the plan after football. How they plan after football if you don’t make it to the draft, or if you don’t get free agency. It has to be somewhere I can see myself for four years. There are so many options. You have to visit every single school because every one of them could offer something different.”

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Carrollton LB Chaz Chambliss as a freshman in 2017. (Dean Legge / Dawg Post)

 

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