Chappelle Headed to the SEC

The road to big time college football has been quite the journey for wide receiver Jeremy Chappelle. After inking with Stephen F. Austin out of high school, the talented wideout transferred to Tyler Junior College. With a strong sophomore campaign under his belt, Chappelle has elected to take his talents to Mississippi State for the balance of his college career.

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"Man, I am so happy right now," said Chappelle. moments after leaving the Mississippi State campus.

"I committed to Mississippi State and I am going to sign on the 19th.

"I had a great visit and I just felt at home there."

Chappelle's new "home" was discovered during his official visit to Starkville.

"Tyler Russell was my host and me and him already have a great relationship," said Chappelle. "I like him a lot.

"I know we're going to get along great.

"The campus is huge, but Starkville is more like a smaller town.

"It reminds me of my hometown, Jacksonville (Texas). It's laid back and I really like the atmosphere."

While Chappelle didn't inform the Bulldog staff of his decision until earlier today, the Lone Star State standout had already been persuaded to become a Bulldog.

"I was pretty much sold yesterday," said Chappelle. "I knew I wanted to commit as soon as I put the jersey on.

"I just knew it was the right place for me and I love the coaches there."

Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning was the lead recruiter for the Bulldogs with a strong assist by new receivers coach Tim Brewster.

"Coach K and I have a great relationship and Coach Brew is my man," chuckled Chappelle. "Coach Brew is trying to get me where I want to go and I know I am going to love playing for him."

Chappelle chose the Bulldogs over offers from Hawaii, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss and West Virginia among others.

Having a moment to reflect over his journey, Chappelle believes things worked out for the best.

"The Chappelle Show is coming to the SEC," said the the 6-3, 215 pounder. "It's been a long road for me, but things worked out great.

"I didn't want to go to junior college, but that ended up being a great move for me.

"Now I am going to get to chase my dream and I can't wait to get on the field next year."

Chappelle had an official visit slated for Houston next weekend, but he reports that his recruitment is over and his decision final.


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