Class of 2005 Prospect - MS WR Bud Chapman

Bud Chapman (Brookhaven HS, 6-foot-4.5, 235, 4.5) is one of Mississippi's top wide receiver prospects for the upcoming 2004 season. After recording 54 receptions for over 700 yards the past two seasons, Bud is looking to have another great season.

Bud Chapman profile:

After becoming a starter midway through his sophomore season, Bud gained 592 yards and scored 8 touchdowns on 40 pass receptions. Bud, after being moved to the slot position this past season, recorded over 100 yards on 14 receptions.

Chapman is going to be moved back outside this coming season where his tremendous athleticism can better be used.

"This coming year, my coach said he is going to move me back outside and get me the ball more," said Chapman. "Because I'm so quick and linebackers can't cover me, he's going to try to get (the ball) to me."

One of the better all-around athletes in the state, Bud also plays basketball and participates in the triple jump, long jump, 4X2 relay and 110 hurdles in track. In fact, he won his district in the long jump and triple jump his sophomore season.

Despite not having an outstanding junior season, colleges definitely know about the talented Chapman.

According to Chapman, he has received letters from numerous universities, including, "Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU, USM, Miami, Army, Navy, the Florida Gators, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, Air Force, Ole Miss, West Virginia, the University of Memphis."

With college football summer camps just a few months away, Chapman is already looking at several.

"LSU, Alabama, and our coach said he might send me to Ole Miss' passing camp," said Chapman. "(Ole Miss) sent me a letter wanting me to come up there."

Although early in the recruiting process, Chapman already has a tentative list of schools that he is interested in.

"Alabama, Florida State, the Florida Gators, Miami," said Chapman, of his early list of schools.

Not one to wait on schools to contact him, he has already started going to college Junior Days to learn more about the schools that are showing interest in him.

"I have been going to the Junior Days," said Chapman. "I went to LSU's and had a great time. I wanted to go to the Alabama Junior Day, but my coach couldn't take me because he had a baseball game."

With excellent size and speed, Chapman is a player that should attract significant recruiting interest this coming season.

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