Unfortunately, with just days until we kickoff the season, the Horned Frogs defensive line has lost some crucial depth. Touted defensive end Isaiah Chambers announced on Monday that he is transferring from the program to be closer to home.
🚨 This is the best decision for me and my family , God bless pic.twitter.com/9YLaC6Op1P
— Isaiah Chambers (@esta_guapo) August 14, 2017
It’s a tough situation for Chambers, and of course, he needs to do what is best for him and his family.
For the Frogs, the loss of Chambers is going to be tough to overcome. A four-star prospect out of Houston, TX, in 2016, he was the number two defensive end in the state and considered one of the best in the country. After using his redshirt year last season, he was expected to have a significant role along a line looking to rebuild in 2017.
Defensive depth upfront could be a concern as a significant portion of last year’s line is no longer in Fort Worth. To make matters worse, fellow touted 4-star redshirt freshman DE Bradon Bowen will miss the season due to injury. It will now be on Mat Boesen, Ben Banogu, Gary Overshown and true freshman Dennis Collins to shore up the D-line. Although, there is talk that coach Patterson may get creative to give the line some more depth. It is thought that linebacker Ty Summers could be moved to the line to help with the pass rush off the end.
There is no word yet on where Chambers may end up. He was originally recruited by both Texas A&M and Houston, which are closer to home. However, if he were to end up at another Division I school, he would need to sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. That is, unless he qualifies for a family hardship waiver which would make him immediately eligible.
Family hardship waivers are granted when a player needs to move closer to home to care for an ailing family member and when the illness is considered life-threatening. However, they are generally not granted when the ill person is an extended family member, like an aunt. Chambers case is different though, since his aunt is his legal guardian.