2011 Signee Spotlight: Taylor Chappell

2011 Signee Spotlight: Taylor Chappell

We put the spotlight on athletic offensive lineman and Missouri Tiger signee Taylor Chappell getting coaches thoughts, analysis and video highlights

OL Taylor Chappell  6'6"  280  5.1  Canadian (TX)

During the four years that Taylor Chappell played under Coach Chris Koetting, Canadian High won two state championships, lost the state championship game in a third year, and played in the state semifinals in the fourth year.

Chappell was a two-time 1st-Team All-State selection.  As a senior, he had 26 pancake blocks, and graded out at 96 percent on the season.   His junior year was nearly as impressive, as he graded out at 93 percent and had 22 more pancakes.  He did not allow a sack over his final two seasons at Canadian.

Chappell was twice named all-district in basketball.  In track, as a junior, he won a district title in discuss, and finished 3rd in the discuss, and 4th in the shot, at regionals.

Perhaps Chappell's parents, Jim and Sandy Chappell, are most proud of their son's accomplishments in the classroom.  Taylor has been named 1st-Team Academic All-State as a senior, after having been named Academic All-District the three previous years.  He wants to study sports medicine or physical therapy at Missouri, and he cited Mizzou's new sports medicine degree program as an important factor in his decision to become a Tiger.  Chappell, who enjoys reading, watching TV, and playing video games, chose Missouri over Texas Tech, California, UCLA, Arizona, and Wake Forest, among others.

"I'm ready to be a Tiger," said Taylor on the morning of his signing.


Coach Quotes

"We think Taylor (Chappell) is a tackle prospect,"  explained Missouri Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach David Yost.  "He has the right body type, tall and athletic, long and lean."

"Taylor is a tall, athletic kid," said Coach Josh Henson, who was the primary recruiter on Chappell.  "We really liked him on film.  We really liked his athleticism as an offensive tackle.  What we do in our offense, from a pass protection stand point, you've really got to have one of those guys over at left tackle that can really move his feet.   I think he can do that (play left tackle).   I think he can.    And, he's a super bright kid......................... Things (out on the field) are not always concrete.  You've got to adjust on the fly.   One thing I like about Taylor, is his football smarts are really good.  So, he's a super bright kid.   He's 30+ ACT............................ I think it's great to have those kind of guys in your program."  


JP ‘s Take-"Taylor is an extremely smart,strong, athletic kid with long arms good feet and quickness who is a tremendous pass blocker and very good run blocker in the spread for his high school the past few years. He is also a talented basketball player on the high school level and showed his athleticism there too. He is a quite youngsters off the field, but is tenacious and locks on to his opponent and finishes his blocks strongly, often pancaking his man. Taylor runs very well and it shows when he pulls and he can get down field in a hurry on his blocks. Great motor who goes until the whistle. I am as impressed with his run blocking as his pass blocking. He uses his long arms well in pass protection. He is versatile enough that he could play tackle or guard. He told me once that he would even try to play center if the coaches asked. Very coachable kid.

Greg's Take - Chappell is a versatile athlete who projects as a left tackle for Missouri.  Obviously, he's very intelligent, and a disciplined, hard worker.  He has a reputation for being a pretty devastating run blocker, while also being excellent in pass protection.  He has the feet to play left tackle in the spread offense, and it appears very likely that left tackle is the position at which Chappell will begin to compete this summer. 

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