Less than a month ago, Episcopal Academy All-Delco midfielder Tyler Chambers opted out of his Hobart College commitment, citing the departure of coach T.W. Johnson.
Saturday, Chambers secured his new home. The All-Inter-Ac, All-EPLCA and All-American middie announced that he had selected Penn State and will join the Nittany Lions this fall.
“I really liked coach (Jeff) Tambroni,” Chambers said, “and I think the Big Ten is probably going to be the best conference next year. Penn State is a big contender, too, which helped.”
The Big 10 will be a new league next year, but it’s not lacking in star power. Traditional power Maryland jumps ship from the ACC and Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State and Rutgers round out the conference. Another traditional blue-blood, Johns Hopkins, will join the conference in 2014-15 as a lacrosse member only. That type of star power lends credibility to Chambers’ argument for the league’s strength.
It’s unusual to have a player decommit after his senior season, so Chambers had to quickly take visits and separate his list of favorites after his decommitment from Hobart. He also considered the Terrapins, Buckeyes, Loyola, Saint Joseph’s and Delaware before paring down his list to Maryland, Delaware and Penn State.
“It was kind of crazy how fast everything went,” Chambers said. “I visited Penn State a couple days after I decommitted and everything went quickly. It was fun, though. I probably want to major in communications and Penn State has a great communications program.”
The Media native scored 29 goals and led the Churchmen in assists (32) and points (61) in addition to being a strong defensive force. He will join a strong Delco crew in State College, a group that includes, senior goalie Austin Kaut of Springfield, the 2010 Daily Times Player of the Year and the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award winner as the best goalie in the country last year.
The other Delco graduates on Penn State’s roster are sophomore defenseman Ryan Guittare of Garnet Valley, sophomore defenseman James Chakey of The Haverford School and senior attackman Steve Aitken of The Haverford School.
Chambers’ uncle, Pat, is the head basketball coach in State College.