Alabama DL Hearing from Clemson

Hoover High (AL) defensive tackle Josh Chapman is starting to see his stock rise. With offers from Jacksonville State and Mississippi State already to his credit, Josh is anticpating a few more offers in the coming weeks.

"I am headed down to Ole Miss this Saturday and then to Auburn and Alabama. I should get an offer at all three of those camps. I know Alabama and Auburn are going to offer me when I go to to their camps. Clemson, Memphis, Kentucky and Louisville are also recruiting me," said the run stopping specialist.

Growing up in the heart of SEC country, Josh comes by his love of the game honestly. Like most young men in the deep south he dreamt of playing in the Southeastern conference. With an offer from Mississippi State in hand and with more schools on the verge of offering, Josh's dream may soon be a reality.

"Coach (Ellis) Johnson called me the other morning. One of my coaches used to play for Coach Johnson, so he told me that Coach Johnson is the one I needed to talk to," continued Josh. "I talked to Coach Johnson and he offered me a scholarship and he wanted me to come down to the camps, but he told me I didn't have to come to. They want me to take an official visit when I decide to. I was kind of happy about that, because Mississippi State is in the SEC and they have good coaches over there."

One big selling point for Josh is Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom. "I like Coach Croom. One of my track coaches works with Coach Croom's cousin, so I have heard a lot about Coach Croom. I know he used to play football for Alabama and he coached under "The Bear". He was the first African American SEC coach. My uncle, he loves Sylvester Croom. It made his day when they offered," said Josh.

Chapman says that he is enjoying the process and has not felt any pressure to make an early decision.

"When Mississippi State offered, they just said 'We are are offering you a scholarship and we know you will have plenty more coming in. We just want to let you know you have an opportunity here.' They didn't say anything about committing, but they just wanted me to take some time out of my schedule to come meet the coaches. I am going to do that during the summer," explained Josh.

Mississippi State, it appears will not be the only SEC school to throw their hats in the ring for the services of big Josh.

"Coach Rippon from Ole Miss, Coach Price from Auburn and Coach Harbison from Alabama stay in touch with me a lot. I talked to them all on a consistent basis. The text me a lot. Coach Brown from Kentucky and Coach Helton from Memphis also stay in touch with me a good bit," reported Chapman.

Josh's recruitment got off to a slow start and then something happened to quicken the pace of things.

"At first, no one was really showing me any interest, but then I went to the combine down there in Tuscaloosa. I guess I did well and then my phone was just ringing off the hook with text messages. When they got their first call they all started recruiting me," said Chapman.

Josh is part of one of the best High School programs in the south if not in the nation. He is determined to not let his recruitment become a distraction.

"My mom, my uncle and me are going to sit down later in the summer and make a decision. I want to make it before school starts, so I can concentrate this fall on Hoover Buccaneer football," said Josh. "We are supposed to be ranked 3rd in the nation. We have like sixteen prospects that will sign either D1 or D2 and we all want everybody to commit before the season starts, so we can all concentrate on our season and our academics."

Josh lists his favorites in no particular order: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Will Chapman's recruitment end up being another border war between the Mississippi and Alabama schools? Can another school get in the mix? Stay with to find out. Top Stories