AL senior has bright future as star student-athlete, headed to Duke on scholarship

AL senior has bright future as star student-athlete, headed to Duke on scholarship

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - It's the first week back to school for Opelika High School students, and RaKavius Chambers a shining star in the class of 2017.

His hard work, in the classroom and on the football field, is taking him to one of the nation's top universities. This first week of RaKavius Clambers senior year at Opelika High has been perfect, just like his GPA.

"Academic wise, I think I am number one in the class I have a 4.32 GPA and I take all the AP classes Opelika offers," Chambers said.

At 17 years old, Chambers' extraordinary mind and work ethic inside the classroom and on the football field has earned him a full athletic scholarship to Duke University, where he will study pre-med.

His dream is to be a cardiothoracic surgeon.

"I watched a heart surgery at Duke Medical Camp and I know it sounds weird, but I fell in love with the heart, I fell in love with its purpose, it's function," Chambers said. "Plus, I think it's the most stressful type of doctor you can be and I feel like I will be a good fit for that."

"He's an incredible kid, Incredible young man, he is driven to be the best and everything he does, whether it's playing on our field, in our show choir, symphonic band, or in the classroom, he has a high desire to be the best," Opelika Bulldogs head coach Brian Blackmon said.

His AP biology teacher Oneika Smith also raves about Chambers' character.

"He is the cream of the crop, he works so well with other students, brings out the best in them, he just shines in class," Smith said.

Chambers credits his success to the support and love from his parents, grandparents, and four younger siblings, as well as his coaches and teachers.

Now he just wants to make them proud.

"I know I can do it," Chambers said. "I know I can be successful."

Chambers is hoping before he becomes a Blue Devil, he will help lead the Opelika Bulldogs to a state championship as their offensive left tackle.

Less than 13 percent of applicants are accepted to Duke University every year, U.S. News and World report ranks the university No. 8 on its list of top colleges.

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