Chavis An Impressive Prospect

CHATHAM, Va. --- Following his performance during Hargrave Military Academy's football workout, college coaches lined up for a chance to speak to Miguel Chavis.

"I got up [to Hargrave] and just worked hard," said Chavis. "Now I've got a swagger and I've been playing at a high level because of the talent around me. But really, hard work pays off."

The first thing that caught the eye of most coaches in attendance was Chavis' 6-foot-4, 265-pound frame.

"First of all, you can look at him and tell his size is the biggest thing he brings to the table," said Hargrave head football coach Robert Prunty. "His size, agility, at [defensive] end he's very athletic, [and] you're talking about a [tall] guy that can flat out run. So, he's very impressive."

Although Chavis agrees that speed is one of his stronger attributes, he has continued to work on that aspect of his game.

"I bring a lot of speed," said Chavis. "I've been working on my footwork a lot. Being here [at Hargrave] has helped me a lot. I've slimmed down – I've added a lot of muscle and lost a lot of fat, which has helped with my speed. "

Chavis needs to use that speed when bettering another self-identified weak area.

"I have to work on backside pursuit," said Chavis. "You think at defensive end you do your job if you contain, but also you can make a backside pursuit and save a touchdown. You just have to stay focused during the play and play to the whistle."

Prunty believes Chavis' focus should be on progressing in all areas.

"I think he just needs to continue to mature, develop, and grow and he'll be fine," said the coach.

During his prep career, Chavis has played several positions including offensive tackle, tight end, fullback, linebacker, and most prominently defensive end. However, Prunty believes his frame could hold enough weight to dominate at defensive tackle.

"I think he'll end up being a three-technique in the end," said Prunty. "You look at him and this guy could be 300 pounds."

Chavis is definitely not opposed to a position change.

"I'm definitely open," said Chavis. "I just want to play a lot and win a national championship. If I end up gaining weight and playing defensive tackle, then that's what I'm going to do."

Chavis holds approximately ten scholarship offers -- all from schools recruiting him to play defensive end.

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