Coaches Visit Josh Chapman

Coaches Visit Josh Chapman

Hoover's Josh Chapman was rewarded for his outstanding play winning The Birmingham News awards of First Team All-State, Super All-State and All-Metro honors. The Auburn verbal commitment had an outstanding season for the Bucs (13-2) who were ranked No.1 in the nation for the early weeks of the season. Chapman took time to talk with ScoutSouth.com about visitors, his season and his future.

"Coach [Terry] Price and coach [Will] Muschamp made an in-home visit with me last night," said Josh Chapman from Hoover, (Ala.). "The visit went real good."

"They talked to me about my upcoming official visit (1-19) and what all I would do. They stayed at my house for about an hour."

Chapman had another school come calling as well as he added, "Coach [Chris] Ripppon from Ole Miss visited me earlier in the year. That visit was all right. He understands that I am going to Auburn."

"I am 100- per cent with them (Auburn). I am only going to visit Auburn."

If you watched Hoover play this year you know what a relentless pursuer Chapman is. He recorded 100 tackles, 23 went for a loss of yardage. He also recorded two sacks and had one interception. The schools taking a wait-and-see attitude may regret their hesitancy.

"Auburn recruited me very hard, and they pulled the trigger on me early," Chapman said. "Most people were telling me how I was too short and if I were a little bit taller they would offer me. Auburn went ahead and took a chance on me while other people were saying they would wait and see me during the (senior) season. I had a pretty good year."

Chapman recorded 65 tackles in 2005 with six sacks and three forced fumbles, but he believes he knows the reason why he was discounted by other schools.

"I played hurt almost every game because we didn't have a lot of depth. I had to play and that kind of knocked me down a little bit," he said.

Coach Terry Price, defensive end coach at Auburn University since 1999, is Chapman's recruiting coach.

"We have a really good relationship. He calls me every week," Chapman adds.

Chapman's teammate, Ryan Pugh (offensive lineman), transferred from Spain Park High School for the 2006 season and also earned All-State accolades. The two have become fast friends.

"We work-out together. We've gotten to be good friends after taking trips down to Auburn together and then seeing what a good player he is too," Chapman said.

Hoover High School, thanks to MTV, now has a national following in all things relating to the football team. Chapman talks about that experience.

"They've been gone for a while," he said. "After going through it last year it was like second nature (this year) to us. We just said we've got to handle business and just put it in the back of our head."

Before Chapman reports to Auburn he will first commit to the Bucs' track team for a championship run in the outdoor track event, discus. He finished second last year in the state finals to future Auburn University teammate Zach Clayton. Clayton is a defensive end for the Tigers and attended Opelika High School. Chapman feels good about his chances of adding to his trophy case.

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