No matter where a college football recruit lives, he will get noticed if he’s a great player. Some of the biggest programs across the country will gladly go into enemy territory to land him, too. Carrollton High School outside linebacker Chaz Chambliss had plenty of big-time offers, but he felt the best staying close to home.
Chambliss, a four-star linebacker from Carrollton, Georgia, committed to the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday morning, May 26. He had been pursued by some great teams, especially in the SEC, but no one went after him quite like head coach Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Dan Lanning.
“Out of the schools that were recruiting me, Georgia made me feel wanted,” Chambliss told 247Sports. “They text me every day, they care about you as a person, you can tell.”
The 2021 Georgia football recruiting class is shaping up to be yet another star-studded group.
4-Star OLB Chaz Chambliss Commits to UGA
At 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, linebacker Chaz Chambliss is as physical as it gets. His father is a drill sergeant and Chambliss plays with incredible discipline and toughness on the gridiron.
Chambliss, the No. 18 outside linebacker in the country and No. 24 overall prospect in Georgia, according to the 247Sports Composite, fielded offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, NC State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF, and Wisconsin, among others.
At the end of the day, however, Chambliss wanted to take his talents to Athens and announced his decision to join the Dawgs during the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak.
“Sitting on Zoom meetings with him, [Dan Lanning] continued to show me how I would fit into their defense. It felt like the right choice for me. Outside linebacker in most packages, but at Georgia they have a ton of different packages for certain types of offenses , so if you play outside linebacker at Georgia it is very versatile.”
— Chaz Chambliss, via Dawgs247Advertisement
Whether he plays outside linebacker or has his hand in the ground as a defensive end at the next level, there’s no doubt Chambliss will bring it each time he suits up, and his commitment adds another win to Georgia football this recruiting cycle.