"It came down to both schools really being equal with the scholarship offer," said Josh Chapman from Hoover, (Ala.). "It came down to what I am going to do after football. I think I would be better off going to Alabama with academics and everything else."
The former Alabama coaching staff extended Chapman a grayshirt offer, but the new Tide staff sees something different in one of the South's top defensive lineman.
"They said they want me to come in right away and play," Chapman said. "They said I will have a chance to start right off the bat."
Chapman noted his biggest strengths and what he needs to improve before he steps on campus.
"I study my opponents very well," he said. "People try to double-team me, and I can beat a double-team just like that. My strength is stopping the run."
"I would like to get my speed down. I am going to be in the weight room. I am going to work on my pass rush as well."
Hoover's defensive line coach, Chris Davis, knows the type of player the University of Alabama is getting in Josh Chapman.
"Josh is a great player. He never stops working. He knows how to fight and get in the backfield to make the play. He had a great season finishing second on the team in tackles. He is a three-year starter for us, and there aren't many of those. Josh is an exceptional kid," Davis said.
Chapman finished his senior season with 100 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Chapman earned First Team All-State, Super All-State and All-Metro.