Lineman Plans Another Visit After Trip to AU

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Hoover, Ala.--Hoover High School defensive lineman Josh Chapman gave his official visit to Auburn high marks, but notes that he has decided to make an official visit to Auburn's in-state rival next weekend.

"My visit to Auburn was a great visit," Chapman says. "I got to hang out with a lot of guys. I had a great time. Sen'Derrick Marks was my player host. He is a great guy."

However, despite saying he really enjoying his trip to AU, the Hoover standout, who verbally committed to the Tigers on Sept. 4th, says he told new Tide defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who is trying to get Chapman to sign scholarship papers with the Tide, that he plans to visit Alabama next weekend. "I am still committed to Auburn," he notes. "I had a really good weekend at Auburn and I feel better about my decision to go to Auburn than ever."

Commenting on his decision to take another visit Alabama, Chapman says, "I am going down there and take a look since I have four official visits. It is not going to hurt for me to go down there and take a look."

Commenting on his visit to Auburn, the defensive lineman says, "Friday we got a bite to eat and then we went out with our player hosts and played video games and got to meet a lot of the other guys. I hung out with most of the defensive linemen and other defensive players. All of the recruits and all of the hosts went to Outback. I ate a lot.

"On Saturday we got up and we had all of the academic stuff to do," Chapman says. "There was a lot of stuff academically on Saturday. That is what we are mainly going to college for. I am considering health promotions. I am interested in being a strength and conditioning coach."

Chapman, who notes that he enjoys his weight training, says he was impressed with AU's facilities, particularly Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"Going to the stadium was a lot of fun," he says. "We put our jersey on, took pictures and threw a couple of balls around. It is fun looking at the big stadium knowing that I might be out there playing one day."

Josh Chapman

Even though his high school football days are finished, Chapman is still training on a regular basis. "I work out every morning at 7 o'clock, except for taking off on Wednesdays. Ryan (Pugh) and I do that."

Pugh, an Auburn commitment who is the state's most highly regarded offensive line prospect this season, was also in Auburn for his official visit with his Hoover teammate.

"When I am done with school I go out with the track team and throw the shot put with the indoor team," Chapman says. "Later in the year I am going to throw the shot on the outdoor track team. That is when I will get to my discus season. I hope to win the state championship in that event."

Chapman followed up a strong junior season with an even more impressive senior campaign, helping Hoover finish as the Class 6A state runnerup.

Commenting on what stood out the most on his official visit, Chapman says, "I would say it is spending time with the players. I see how they stick together. It is like a family thing. That is the kind of thing I wanted to be involved in."

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