One of the names worth remembering in the 2007 signing class is Chip Ghigna. Ghigna (pronounced GEEN-ya) plays Quarterback for Alabama 5A powerhouse Homewood High School.
Homewood has won a quartet of State titles in the past six seasons and Chip is looking to continue the winning tradition. His task will be made a bit more daunting now that Homewood is making the jump to 6A.
Chip is already starting to look at his future beyond the Friday Night lights and is receiving interest from several schools from BCS conferences. Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Stanford and several others are among those in the running for the talented signal caller's signature.
Alabama, Auburn and Vanderbilt have already received an "unofficial" visit from Chip and appear to have the early lead, but Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Memphis and Arkansas appear to be on the visit list in the future.
Growing up in the South most young men dream of playing in the SEC and Ghigna is no different. A chance to play in the SEC certainly seems to be a great possibility, but Chip is not ruling out playing in other parts of the country. Stanford, Northwestern and Ball State have great academia as well as athletics programs, so they are very much in the mix.
Chip was a three sport athlete until two years ago when he decided to focus on football. That decision appears to have been a good one as he has certainly drawn the attention of college recruiters.
"My coaches tell me that I have an exceptionally strong arm and good speed. I like to throw on the run as well as run the ball myself when I need to. I'm confident and competitive and try to lead by example by working hard and staying focused. I try to stay calm and in control under pressure," said Ghigna.
Camps will be a big part of Chip's Summer plans. He plans to camp at Alabama, Auburn and Vanderbilt as well as squeeze in a few more visits to campuses that he is interested in.
With the recruiters' early attention already gaining momentum what will be the determining factors in Chip's college decision?
"It's simple. I'm looking for a good school that's looking for a good, tough, hard-working QB who can throw, run and lead," replied Ghigna.
Stay with Scout.com for the latest developments in Chip's very active recruitment.
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