Lineman Looking to Get Leaner and Meaner

Josh Chapman, a defensive lineman who plays for powerhouse Hoover High School, is one of the 2007 prospects who stood out at a two-day football camp on the campus of Auburn University. Chapman is a prospect whose stock is on the rise.

Hoover, Ala.--Even on a football team loaded with college prospects, noseguard Josh Chapman is a standout player for Alabama Class 6A powerhouse Hoover High.

As a junior, the 6-1, 283-pound defensive lineman finished the season with 65 tackles and six sacks. He spent the weekend in Auburn working with coaches at AU's two-day football camp that featured high school players from across the Southeast.

Chapman notes the trip to AU was a good experience. "I learned more technique than I already knew and I learned to compete more," he says. "It was also good to compete against players I hadn't gone against before."

The trip was also productive on another front. After performing well with Auburn's coaches watching, he received a scholarship offer from Tommy Tuberville's staff.

A prospect who was impressive at the Scout.com Combine in Tuscaloosa, Chapman's performance there has increased the amount of colleges courting him. He also received a recent offer from Ole Miss to go one an earlier one from Mississippi State.

"Recruiting is going well now," Chapman says. "As the season goes along, it is getting better for me."

Chapman showed up well in the one-on-one drills at the Auburn two-day camp even though he notes that he is heavier than he wants to be. "I am 283, which is a big weight for me," he says. "I am trying to play at 260, 270--a light and fast weight."

Hoover is expected to field a powerhouse team this fall and Chapman says he is looking forward to his final high school football season.

"Our senior season goal is to compete well, play as a team, have fun and play with a purpose," he says. "We are trying to win a national championship."

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