Chavis ready to join Wrecking Crew

He's got one more high school all-star game to play in on June 9 (2007 Bayou Bowl) but Beaumont Westbrook's Billy Chavis is ready to make the move to College Station. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp visited with Chavis about what he's doing to prepare for A&M, how his shoulder is doing and what his off the field plans are while attending A&M.

While many of the A&M class of 2007 signees will begin reporting to College Station between May 28 and June 1, Beaumont Westbrook's Billy Chavis—along with Harold Turnage, Daniel Baker, Evan Eike and Derrick Stephens—will have to wait a little longer. The five A&M signees are part of the Texas roster in this year's Bayou Bowl at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown on June 9.

But that hasn't stopped Chavis from getting ready for his arrival in College Station, which he says should be around June 12 or 13.

"With graduation coming up, I've been pressed for time but I've been working out on my own with bench press and conditioning," Chavis said. "I haven't maxed out lately (because of shoulder injuries) but I'm probably (bench pressing) around 260 now (up from 225 a year ago). I'm not sure how much muscle I've added but I can feel the difference. I feel good about it and feel like it's all coming together."

The 6-foot-5, 225 pound athlete separated his left shoulder last year in spring ball and then separated his right shoulder in Westbrook's final district game last fall. He bounced back and played in the playoffs, but admitted that it still sometimes aches as the weather changes, "but I've been lifting weights and stuff so it's not a big deal," he said.

Chavis, who was recruited by A&M as an athlete, played tight end and defensive line for Westbrook, but thinks that with his athleticism (4.7 sec. 40-yard dash), he would be a good fit at safety in the 4-2-5 system that the Aggies used last year.

"I'll play where ever I can most help my teammates, but I feel that safety would be a good spot for me (in A&M's system)," Chavis said. "Coach (Bill) Clay said he needs a big physical guy like me to play safety but it's still up in air. I want to play safety and I think I could be a great safety if I was used right, and I talk to Coach Clay about it all the time."

Chavis plans on contributing right away next year and is not afraid of the expectations for himself and this recruiting class.

"With our class my expectation is to have a great year next year," he said. "I feel like we're going to be able to get out there and play early to be a part of Texas A&M football and help them win some championships. I grew up watching Texas and Texas A&M and it means a lot to be part of the Wrecking Crew."

Off the field, Chavis plans on majoring in business, although he doesn't know which area of expertise he plans on studying.

"I'll decide that when I get there, but I am definitely leaning towards business," Chavis said. "I think I could do well in the business industry and I'd like to start my own business or invest in businesses. I just know that having a business degree from Texas A&M will help me a whole lot."

Even though Chavis a little unfinished business to take care of in the Bayou Bowl, he's got his sights set on College Station.

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