Full team and full pads today at camp, and bonus: it's the second to last palindrome day. Carpe Diem.
We're just 22 days from the Battle in Seattle, so today I'll take a look at #22 on the Boise State roster—Chanceller James
#22, Chanceller James, RS Freshman, Safety
Weight: 205 lbs.
High School: Steele Canyon High School, Spring Valley, CA
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Chanceller had a stellar career at Steele Canyon High where he was teammates with fellow class of 2012 recruit Mario Yakoo. James improvement each year at SCHS was evidenced by his movement up the all-conference ladder. He was an honorable mention All-Grossmont Hills League performer as a sophomore after making 50 tackles and 2 picks—a 2nd team all-conference performer as a junior, after racking up 70 tackles and 7 forced fumbles (and recoveries) and finally a first-teamer last season, when he made 80 stops and 5 INTs. Along with James' Bronco offer, he held offers from Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, New Mexico, and San Diego State.
The Fabulous Chancellors are a local "rock 'n roll" band that is either great or terrible depending on your taste.
From the looks of it, these Rupert residents feel it's the former.
Special Teams Scout Player of the Year in 2012. All-Grossmont League first team in 2011. All-Academic team in 2011. All-Grossmont League 2nd team in 2010. All-Grossmont League honorable mention in 2009.
Well, I'd say it's a safe bet that Chanceller ends up playing somewhere on The Blue™ this year, but just where is still a bit of a mystery shrouded in a Bronco press release that's been heavily redacted by Max Corbet. James has good size and the skills to see the field at free safety, but has to contend with last year's surprise breakout player Darian Thompson and senior Ebo Makinde—a converted corner. Thompson's spot seems pretty well cemented right now barring any kind of injury, and I think Makinde has an edge as an experienced senior, but he is playing a bit out of position and could be overtaken by James with a nice camp. Whether James gets any PT outside of garbage time remains to be seen, but I do think that he'll be a game one starter in another important role: special teamer. Last year's Scout Team Player of the Year, James clearly caught the collective eyes of the coaching staff on the specialty units and I think will easily land a gig on the cover and return teams. Personally, I'd put him on the outside on punts and field goals and let him play shot-blocker, but I'd settle for a kick coverage head-smasher and if the kid wants to see the field this year, this is his clearest path.
Completely made up fact
To have the honor of wearing Doug Martin's famous #22 jersey, James had to run through a brick wall...or, what Doug Martin calls "light calisthenics"