If you like massive Buckeye booms, this has been a very good couple of days for you. The fireworks started last Friday, when New Jersey safety Ronnie Hickman announced his commitment to Ohio State. Mentor (Ohio) defensive end Noah Potter brought the new week in right, when he announced his commitment on Monday. In case that wasn’t enough however, the Buckeyes picked up a third last night, when Georgia athlete Steel Chambers announced his pledge to Ohio State.
Chambers is a fairly new name to Buckeye fans, and a recruit that really hadn’t been talked about a ton before his commitment late last night. That doesn’t mean that his commitment isn’t a huge deal however, as Chambers was the top running back remaining on Ohio State’s board. Let’s take a look at what Tony Alford likes so much about the 6-foot-2 halfback.
On the field
If you couldn’t tell already, Ohio State is changing up their offensive recruiting strategies under Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day. Pro-style passers, massive power backs, and long receivers are the trend right now for the Buckeyes, a far cry from the dual-threat quarterbacks and speedy scat-backs we saw under Tom Herman and eventually Tim Beck.
Steele Chambers, much like 2018 signed Master Teague, is a true power, one-cut back, cut from the same cloth as running backs like Bo Scarborough at Alabama, Nick Chubb at Georgia, or numerous other SEC backs. He’s an explosive, violent downhill runner, that doesn’t just take contact: he seeks it out.
The Beanie Wells/Ezekiel Elliott comparisons are pretty easy, but Chambers isn’t all that similar to either of those two Buckeye legends. No, Steele reminds me quite a bit more of former Big Ten defensive coordinator’s worst nightmare and Groveport Madison alumni Le’Veon Bell.
Both players run very patiently, and while Bell is obviously quite a bit more refined as a runner now, after years of playing, Chambers’ high school film is extremely similar to Bell’s, and honestly, it’s probably better. Chambers is a better athlete than Bell was coming out of high school, and with Tony Alford coaching him up, it’s not hard to imagine Chambers taking Columbus and eventually the NFL by storm.
Like a lot of young backs, Chambers isn’t a great blocker or receiver, which will keep him off the field as a freshman, but he certainly has the hands and strength to develop into an all-around dominant player.
In the class
Chambers is the sixth member of Ohio State’s 2019 class. He’s the second running back to join the class, along with Indiana product Sampson James, a quicker, more elusive back, that should compliment Chambers extremely well.
He’s ranked as the 340th player nationally, and the 29th ranked athlete, though that ranking will almost certainly jump up if Chambers participates in the summer camp circuit and plays well during his senior season, which I expect he will.
Chambers held offers from 26 other schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee and Wisconsin, among others. With an offer sheet that impressive, paired with his impressive film and skill set, it’s not hard to see what Ohio State likes in the Roswell star.