Chapman Garnering More Attention

With five offers, Castro Valley (Calif.) cornerback/wide receiver Giles Chapman's recruitment is starting to heat up. He has an early favorite amongst his offers but many schools have yet to offer. One such program is nearby California. But Golden Bear DB Coach Al Simmons made a visit to the Castro Valley campus on Tuesday…

Giles Chapman (5-8, 160) received three verbal offers earlier this spring from Illinois, Mississippi, and Rice. This last week he added offers from Army and Cal Poly with Eastern Michigan showing heavy interest. "It feels real good that my hard work is slowly paying off," said Chapman.

"Bryan Cook, [Cal Poly] offensive coordinator, came by. My cousin Dave Douglas committed there. They said they wanted to offer me. But they can't make it official until I get my SAT up to 1500.

"They said I could come in and make an immediate impact. They are looking at me strictly as an offensive guy as a slot back."

"Ian Shields, Army offensive coordinator, visited too. They are looking at me as an offensive back. They run that triple option too. Eastern Michigan just came this week. I need to get to know them better."

Chapman is receiving interest to play on both sides of the ball. He says it doesn't matter which position he plays, but he prefers cornerback.

Besides his latest three offers, Arizona State, California, Northwestern, and Oregon have also visited the Castro Valley campus. "[Northwestern] Coach Mike McCall came by," added Chapman. "Arizona State came by but I don't know what coach or what interest they have. Oregon [defensive coordinator Nick] Aliotti came by and said to give him a call in the next week. My play cousin Terrance Mitchell is up there."

Chapman visited Cal for junior day in February. He says he's maintained contact with the Bears, especially DB Coach Al Simmons, who visited his school on Tuesday.

"Coach Al Simmons came by today," said Chapman. "I went to their junior day earlier this year. He wants me strictly as a corner. He wants to see me at their one-day camp. He said to call him next week. I'm expecting an offer if I do well at their camp."

Chapman is open to all schools. By the end of the July, he hopes to have more offers. Then he wants to sit down with his family to discuss his options. One thing is for sure, "I don't want to redshirt," he added. "Moving away from home is not a factor. I want to get out of California."

And he has an early favorite at the moment.

"Rice sits on top," said Chapman. "They have come at me the hardest. Most definitely, I could see myself committing to them. I talked to Coach Jason Washington. I like his style of coaching."

Chapman has a busy spring and summer camp tour ahead of him starting this weekend with the Stanford Nike Camp. "I'm waiting for this Nike Camp," said Chapman. "I competed last year as sophomore and didn't do to well. Now, I have some and experience under my belt. I'm ready to do some work at this camp."

He plans to attend UCLA's one-day camp and possibly Cal's. Later this summer, he will attend camps at Arkansas, Kansas State, Michigan, and Ole Miss.

Chapman is originally from Florida, which fuels his desire to attend college outside the Golden State. However, he has ruled out the possibly of playing his college football closer to home.

"As of right now, I want to get away from California," said Chapman. "At the end of the day who knows, I might end up a Cal Bear."

But he first must compete and earn the offer. Academically, he reports a 3.3 GPA. He scored a 19 on the ACT and a 1350 on the SAT.

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