[Premium article] Gene's Page interviewed Bessemer (Ala.) Academy quarterback Zac Champion's dad, Jeff Champion June 24th. The 6-1, 190-pound Zac, after the May Capital City combine in Montgomery, Alabama, has become a hot commodity among big-time college programs. Jeff talks about what has happened since the combine."> [Premium article] Gene's Page interviewed Bessemer (Ala.) Academy quarterback Zac Champion's dad, Jeff Champion June 24th. The 6-1, 190-pound Zac, after the May Capital City combine in Montgomery, Alabama, has become a hot commodity among big-time college programs. Jeff talks about what has happened since the combine.">

Bessemer (Ala.) Academy QB Zac Champion

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2003/zchampion.jpg" align="left" width="125" height="160"> [Premium article] Gene's Page interviewed Bessemer (Ala.) Academy quarterback Zac Champion's dad, Jeff Champion June 24th. The 6-1, 190-pound Zac, after the May Capital City combine in Montgomery, Alabama, has become a hot commodity among big-time college programs. Jeff talks about what has happened since the combine.

Jeff, talk about what Zac's recruitment has been like since the combine in Montgomery.
"I'll tell you what has happened at the camps first. He went to Mississippi State. After he went to Mississippi State, he went to Georgia's, Ole Miss', Tennessee's, Auburn's senior camp and Bobby Bowden's Passing Camp. He may go to Southern Miss' this weekend (June 28-30). He also is going back to Mississippi State's in July. He is going to bring three or four of his receivers this time.

"At Mississippi State, everybody was very friendly and talked to us quite a bit. Zac was very impressed with Mississippi State. That is one of the reasons that he is going back in July. That was the best camp for him because it was nothing but 7 on 7. He was able to showcase what he could do. He thought the Georgia camp was good. Tennessee's was alright for him. He thought it was good. The Auburn senior camp was also very good. The Auburn quarterback coach talked to him and told him he had a great camp. He said he wanted to come see him play this fall - see him in game situations. That was positive for (Zac). He left there to go to Bobby Bowden's passing camp. He was there Sunday through Tuesday. Tuesday, the Troy State coach talked to him and said he was very impressed with him. When we went to pick him up Tuesday night, Clemson's quarterback coach came up to him and said he was very impressed with him and wanted to see him play this fall. (Clemson's head football coach) Tommy Bowden came out and talked to us when Zac was turning his (dorm) key in. He told us how impressed he was with our son, basically, the same thing that (MSU head football coach) Jackie Sherrill said. He also said that (Zac) really got the attention of his dad (Bobby Bowden) this week. It seems like just from the camps, he has gotten recruiting attention from Auburn, Clemson and Troy State."

Your son is in a unique situation as far as his high school career is concerned. How about explaining that to me.
"I coached him for three years, from the 8th grade to the 10th grade. It was an eight-man home-school football team. In the 10th grade, he seemed to show promise for college (football) so he went to Briarwood Christian School as a junior. It plays in the public school system and is one of the better schools in Alabama and was right down the street from us. However, he was a junior playing behind a sophomore and didn't get to play more than a full game the entire year. He transferred to Bessemer Academy right after football season was over. He played baseball and participated in spring football there."

So, really no college coaches had the opportunity to see him play. Did he attend any college football camps prior to this summer?
"This summer is the first time he has attended any college football camps."

Obviously, with so few college coaches knowing about him, he probably didn't get much recruiting attention in May.
"No, he didn't. The first person, college-wise, that really got after Zac was (MSU assistant coach) Curley Hallman. He saw him at the combine."

Did he receive any recruiting calls in May?
"Southern Miss called after the combine to ask Zac to come to their camp. A lot of other schools also contacted him by letters inviting him to come to their camps."

What schools is he most interested in at this time?
"He hasn't really narrowed it down, but he is very interested in Auburn, Clemson and Mississippi State - probably Mississippi State is who he is most interested in right now because he knows they are interested in him. He also was very interested in Georgia Tech, but was too tire to go to their camp."

Jeff, that should about do it. I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me.
"Thank you, Gene."


Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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