Top target rates Maryland official a “nine out of ten”, talks highlight

DeMatha (MD) three-star linebacker Noah Chambers took his first of two official visits this weekend with Maryland up first, giving the staff a chance to roll out the red carpet for one of its top defensive targets in a visit the Chambers ultimately rated “a nine out of ten.”

“The players took me out, had a good experience going out, college life. It was awesome,” Chambers told IBG. “They didn’t pressure me. They kept it real, very welcoming and just excited for me to be there.”

Maryland has built a strong rapport with Chambers through the spring into June as assistants Kevin Sumlin and Aazaar Abdul-Rahim team up down the stretch to reload their inside linebacker room in 2025. That gave inside linebacker coach Lance Thompson a chance to spend one-on-one time with Chambers, showcasing his potential early impact in the Terps’ defense.

“He took me inside the linebacker room, started going over plays so I was picking everything up pretty quickly and seeing how they want to use me. They told me they see a really bright future in me, need me at inside linebacker and I can play the MIKE. They said I can come in and play early, just get a chance to come in and shine.”

While part of the visit dove into Chambers’ fit and potential in College Park, the NIL talk also caught his eye. “They were talking about NIL, he said they pay their players like every other college pays their guys but we’ve got to earn our money. If you play good, you’ll get paid good but there’s other stuff you’ve got to do to get involved like community outreach, things like that.”

After closing out the official visit with breakfast at head coach Mike Locksley’s house on Saturday, the top target reset where things stand heading into his final visit. “I had a meeting with coach Locksley, got a chance to sit down. We went over the basic stuff, how it’d be coming over, just where my head is at in my recruitment right now. That’s a spot I know I can play at but I’m not decided yet,” he added.

Chambers is set to head to Blacksburg next weekend where the Hokies have been a prominent contender throughout his recruitment, but after checking out Maryland, the three-star target knows what he wants to learn more from the Hokies.

“Definitely going into VT, I want to know more about their rotations at linebacker, if they play every drive or every play. If I come in and I’m playing good, why take me out? So that’s what I want to learn about.”

Noah Chambers is rated a three-star prospect and an 87 overall by On3, checking in as the 28th-best prospect in Maryland.

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