Chappell prepped at Washburn (Minneapolis, Mn.) High school and was unable to qualify for a scholarship to a four-year school, but he wanted to keep playing so he chose the best program he could that was close to home.
"It was pretty close to where I lived and I was really comfortable with the coaches here," Chappell told JCFootball.com. "I had a good freshman season here and I feel like if I succeed this fall, then I will get some offers and I'll have a chance to go play D-1 ball."
As a freshman last season, Chappell led the team with three touchdown receptions while totaled 23 receptions and 258 yards.
"I'm more of a possession guy," Chappell noted. "I run good routes and I have good hands too. I mean, I have good speed, but I run more of the short and intermediate stuff.
"This offseason I've been working on my footwork. Everything else is there for me, but I needed to get better with my footwork."
On the recruiting front, Chappell has yet to hear from schools, but he's been told by his coaches that several have shown some interest.
"They told me that a lot of schools were by and asked about me, but I haven't really asked which ones," Chappell said. "That will all sorta take care of itself. I need to get ready for our season and work on the stuff I need to focus on."
Chappell is on pace to graduate in May and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.
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