Help On The Way?

West Virginia's football team could be welcoming help for its rebuilding process on defense as early as next week.

Big Asa Chapman, who spent the past one and one-half years at Fork Union Military Academy, said he is on track to join the WVU football program for the spring semester.

"Everything is going good for me right now," said Chapman, "I am fully qualified, and I am planning to be at West Virginia this semester."

Chapman originally committed to the University of Virginia out of Orange County (Va.) High School, but did not have the necessary qualifying scores to play college football. He then went to Fork Union, and committed to West Virginia in February of 2007, but again came up just a bit short in qualifying. That required another semester of work, which he now says he has completed.

With classes starting at West Virginia on Monday, Jan. 14, Chapman doesn't have much time left to get everything together and get to Morgantown, but he said that all of the necessary processes are underway.

"I have filled out my enrollment forms, and I have already talked to Coach Stewart," the genial Chapman said. "I know he is very busy right now with taking over the head coaching job. I will be talking to him again later this week to get everything finalized."

Stewart was Chapman's primary recruiter, so the coaching change at West Virginia did not give him any second thoughts about his commitment.

"That didn't bother me at all," he confirmed. "It helps that Coach Stewart has been with me all along, and that we have a really good comfort level."

With the graduation of Keilen Dykes and the departure for the NFL of Johnny Dingle, there will be plenty of opportunities for playing time along the defensive front. Chapman, who is destined to play at the nose spot, is aware of the opportunity that awaits him at West Virginia. There has been some lingering concern over his weight, but the surprisingly athletic big man said that he is not far off the playing weight he is shooting for at WVU.

"Right now, I am 6-5 and around 380 pounds," Chapman said. "I want to play at around 350-360, so I think I can get there.

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