Isaiah Chambers Chooses TCU: 4-Star DE Honors Late Mother with Commitment

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystSeptember 25, 2015

Houston 4-star defensive end Isaiah Chambers committed to TCU on Friday. Chambers became TCU's 16th commit in the 2016 class.
Houston 4-star defensive end Isaiah Chambers committed to TCU on Friday. Chambers became TCU's 16th commit in the 2016 class.Credit: 247Sports

Friday's announcement by Houston 4-star defensive end Isaiah Chambers was more than just a decision for the future. It was all about fulfilling a promise.

Chambers announced at Aldine MacArthur High School Friday afternoon that he has verbally committed to play college football for TCU. His pledge gives the Horned Frogs their 16th overall commit for the 2016 class, and he is now the highest-ranked commit in the class.

And while that is flattering, Friday's commitment meant a little more than just another big-time player headed to Fort Worth, Texas.

Chambers lost his mother, Yvennette "Vet" Roberson, when he was in the eighth grade. She died of a heart condition and was only 43.

"She passed watching me in practice," Chambers said. "That was the last thing I saw her doing when she was alive—watching me work hard.

"I knew I had to keep going. For her."

Roberson's passing has been more than enough motivation for Chambers, a 6'4", 260-pound bookend who blends speed, strength and athleticism. He chose TCU over offers from Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Washington.

With the combination of head coach Gary Patterson, defensive line coach Dan Sharp, co-defensive coordinators DeMontie Cross and Chad Glasgow and director of high school relations Zarnell Fitch, TCU managed to land the nation's No. 6 strong-side defensive end. Chambers is a national top-100 player who is expected to be a major part of the Horned Frogs' defensive scheme sooner than later.

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"Getting the chance to play there early, that was a big plus for me," Chambers said. "Of course, you don't want to sit on the bench. But I know I've got to work it. Nothing is going to be handed to me."

Chambers said he is a fan of how TCU's defense swarms to the football. Last year's Peach Bowl showing against Ole Miss gave the Horned Frogs national credibility and silenced a lot of critics. He quickly became a fan of linebacker Paul Dawson, calling him "a natural football player"—someone who didn't have the noted speed to play the position but always had big statistics at the end of a game.

Chambers believes he can add to what the defense has to offer.

"They don't allow a lot of points," he said of the defense. "It's one of the top defenses in the country. I think what they do fits right in with me."

Chambers added that while the decision was tough, the idea of playing for a coach like Patterson was tough to pass up. Patterson, in addition to being a defensive-minded coach, is someone who has been able to sympathize with Chambers' situation. The Horned Frogs in February signed defensive tackle Joe Broadnax, who lost his mother, grandmother and uncle in a 13-month span.

"Coach P is a cool coach. He puts a lot of players in the league," Chambers said. "He knows my goal is to get to the NFL and provide for my family. With my mom passing, I live with my aunt and [her family]. He wants me to one day take care of them."

Chambers will join a handful of 4-star players in TCU's 2016 class—the majority of whom reside in the greater Houston area. TCU will call on him to be a leader of the class on the defensive side of the ball.

It's what his mother would want.

"I'm trying to be successful," he said. "I want to be successful for her."

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles


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