Scholar Athlete: Opelika football player, RaKavius Chambers
It was November of his junior year when RaKavius Chambers received his first D-I offer to play football.
"I didn’t think I’d ever get a scholarship so when I got that first scholarship I was like I can do this," Chambers said. "So I kept playing hard and other offers came in and that felt good."
More than ten D-1 offers to be exact, including the school Chambers verbally committed to back in April: Duke University. He knew it was the school for him on a visit last fall.
"The entire trip was great" he said. "I met the coaches, the entire staff, saw the new facilities they were building, and I just knew it was the place."
Chambers didn’t just choose Duke for its football program though. The Opelika senior takes pride in his school work. He’s ranked at the top of his class with a 4.32 GPA thanks to thirteen honors classes.
He’s been pushed to always do well on and off the field, so when it came to choosing a college, he thought about his mother.
"She’s always wanted me to be the best at school, be the best at everything, so academics was always first for her," he said. "So obviously college had to be academics first and then athletics second."
Duke is already influencing him. While attending a medical camp at the University, Chambers was introduced to something he fell in love with; a profession he’s hoping to pursue.
"I got to watch an open heart surgery there and the cardiothoracic surgeon walked me through the surgery and I just felt in love with the heart and everything in that surgery," he said. "It’s my future I hope."
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