I decided BYU was the best choice for me after a lot of thought. It was a big decision for me and I wanted to make sure I made the right one, and I now know BYU is where I need to play. —Austin Chambers
PROVO — Austin Chambers and Chandon Herring are the latest offensive linemen to commit to play at BYU.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound O-line prospect from Shawnee Mission, Kan., was being recruited heavily by Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri — among other programs — at the time of his commitment. Herring is a 6-foot-7 prospect who was being courted by Air Force
"I decided BYU was the best choice for me after a lot of thought," said Chambers, who is the sixth player to commit to BYU's 2014 signing class. "It was a big decision for me and I wanted to make sure I made the right one, and I now know BYU is where I need to play."
Chambers is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been in contact with the BYU coaching staff since first attending one of the program's summer camps after his freshman year in high school. BYU coaches presented him with a full-ride scholarship offer in February, which followed a previous offer from Kansas.
Through the camp process Chambers established strong connections with the Cougar coaching staff, particularly with former offensive line coach Mark Weber.
"From day one I felt at home with the coaching staff at BYU," Chambers said. "I really liked coach Weber, but I've also developed a strong relationship with coach (Garett) Tujague. I'm excited to play for him."
Chambers hasn't yet worked out with Tujague, but hopes to do so at camp later this month.
"I wasn't able to attend junior day, but I definitely want to work out with him and they want the same thing," Chambers said. "I love how Coach Tujague talks to you and how he's always encouraging. His players love him because he pushes them hard to be their best and that's what I want in a coach."
Chambers has definite plans to serve an LDS mission and will do so before enrolling at BYU.
After carefully considering his offer from Kansas and while fielding interest from other regional programs, Chambers rested on BYU primarily due to its unique environment.
"There's like five students in my school who are LDS, so I like the opportunity to be around more LDS students," Chambers said. "I love the feeling I had when I'd attend (youth conferences) at BYU because it strengthens you being around people with the same goals and beliefs. That's probably the best thing about BYU and it's the main reason why I committed there."
Herring is also LDS and, like Chambers, plans on serving a mission before enrolling in school.
Herring attended BYU's junior day without any expectations and was surprised to be met with an offer following the camp.118 comments on this story
"It was a wonderful surprise and something I've wanted for a long time," Herring said. "BYU has been my dream school, so I thought about the offer a bit and then just committed. BYU is really the only school I've wanted to play for."
Herring worked out against some prime prospects at junior day and was able to meet with BYU coaches face to face.
"It was an awesome experience to be there," he said. "I met coach Tujague and he's incredible. I talked to players about him and they all love how he works with them and how he treats them as players."