Maury turned in a fine 2005 season, finishing 9-2 overall (9-1 in the regular season) and earning a spot in the Division 5 playoffs. The Commodores were led on offense by 6-4, 215-pound senior QB Kam Chancellor and junior receivers Dyrii McCain and James Butts.
Maury Head Coach Dealton Cotton is disappointed in the amount, or lack thereof, of Division 1A attention for his signal caller.
“I think colleges are really missing the boat on him as far as a quarterback,” Cotton said. “Most are looking at him as a safety. I think he is a solid athlete, he’s competitive and he’s a leader. He’s the type of kid that would make sure we would win. He was the hardest working kid on our team and he’s probably the hardest working kid I’ve ever coached. He refuses to lose and he’s blessed with a lot of physical abilities.”
At this point, Chancellor, who ran in the 4.6s in the 40 at the Blacksburg Nike Camp this year, has an official offer from James Madison. East Carolina, Hampton, Marshall, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech have made overtures at some point in his senior season as well.
“Really, his one official offer is from James Madison,” Cotton said. “It’s shocking to me. To me, he’s at least in the top three or four athletes in the Tidewater area.
“We’ve sent tapes in. We’ve done everything we’ve been asked to do. There is no official offer from either of the in-state Division 1A programs or even a visit. He’s still interested in everybody.”
Chancellor showed a lot of toughness this season. He suffered a separated shoulder in a scrimmage and played with pain for the first five games. Last year, he played with a broken thumb.
Despite this year’s injury, he threw for around 2,000 yards and rushed for 400 more. Right now, he continues to hold out hope for a Division 1A offer.
“Hampton and James Madison are showing the most interest right now,” Chancellor said. “I heard from UVa at the beginning of my senior season. I heard from Virginia Tech, too, but I haven’t heard from either of them recently. JMU is recruiting me strictly as a quarterback. UVa would try to move me and Virginia Tech liked me as a quarterback.
“I want to wait and see if a Division 1A program offers. If that doesn’t happen, I’m all JMU’s.”
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