Class of 2005 Prospect - MS WR Bud Chapman

Bud Chapman (Brookhaven HS, 6--foot-4.5, 235, 4.5) was underutilized last year, but look for him to showcase his athletic ability this year with his move back out to split end.

Bud Chapman Profile:

After catching 40 passes for 592 yards and 8 touchdowns his sophomore year, Chapman was held to 14 catches and 126 yards and 3 touchdowns his junior season.

Look for that to change this coming season, according to Chapman, one of the most gifted athletes in the state who also runs 4 events in track.

"This coming year my coach said he is going to move me to the outside to give me the ball more," said Chapman, who is not only fast but has a 30+ inch vertical leap.

While his junior season wasn't as productive as he would have liked, it didn't hurt his reputation among college coaches, at least based on the number of letters he is receiving.

"Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU, USM, Miami, Army, Navy, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Air Force, Ole Miss, West Virginia and Memphis have sent me letters," said Chapman, naming off college from his most recent stack of letters.

With so many letters coming from so many different schools, you would think answering a question about what schools he would like to camp at this summer would be a difficult one to answer. Not so for Chapman.

"LSU, Alabama, and our coach might take us to Ole Miss' passing camp," said the 17-year old Chapman.

With recruiting letters overflowing on his dresser and summer camps just around the corner, you would think whittling down a list of favorite schools wouldn't be something Chapman could easily do. Once again, he is ahead of the game.

"Alabama, Florida State, Florida Gators, Miami and LSU," said Chapman almost immediately when asked to name his favorites.

While he has a list of colleges that any high school player would dream of having, it's too early to tell which schools will ultimately recruit this very talented youngster. However, there is little doubt that Chapman could end up being one of the recruiting prizes of Mississippi this year due to his excellent combination of size, speed and overall athleticism.

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