Duke Football will add a talented 2017 offensive lineman with huge goals after football.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe recently landed a huge recruit for the football program with offensive lineman Rakavius Chambers verbally committing to join the Blue Devils in 2017. Chambers is a great player on the field and also appears to be a great person off it.
Rakavius Chambers is a talented 6-3, 275 pound offensive tackle originally from Opelika, Alabama. He will be able to succeed in the NCAA because of his “size, speed, ability and intelligence“, but will most likely play center or guard at the college level. Cutcliffe has done a great job of recruiting talent on the offensive line recently, and hopefully Chambers will be able to follow in the footsteps of former Blue Devil All-Americans Laken Tomlinson and Matt Skura on the O-line for Duke.
In addition to making an impact on the field for Duke Football, Chambers also has huge goals once he’s done with football. He received offers from 13 NCAA Division I programs but decided to go to Duke because of the improving football program as well as for the academics and to eventually become a doctor. The 6-3 offensive tackle visited a medical camp on campus last summer and was able to witness an open heart surgery and hopes to accomplish great things in the medical field once he’s done with football:
"“It [the surgery] was very cool. I mean just to see the heart actually beating in a person’s chest while they were still alive, and then they took it out and replaced it… Seeing that surgery and then thinking about them [his family], it makes me think maybe I could be the person to actually cure diabetes, cure heart disease for people. Seeing that, I knew I wanted to study and go to school at Duke…I want to be a cardiothoracic surgeon.”"
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Former Duke player Tomlinson is also planning to pursue a career in medicine once his football career is over, and he is currently playing a key role in the NFL for the Detroit Lions. Chambers felt that Duke was the “best of both worlds” for athletics and academics. In high school the incoming Blue Devil was able to balance football, AP classes, band, show choir, Spanish club, president of his junior class, and more.
Duke Football fans will have a lot to look forward to when Rakavius Chambers arrives to join what should be another very talented recruiting class in 2017. Chambers’ commitment will add a great recruit on and off the playing field for the Blue Devils and continue improving the quality of the program.