The Missouri Tigers have mastered the art of finding hidden gems among football prospects in the state of Texas. The latest gem they would like to land is hidden in a town of around 2,000 people and plays in Class 1 football.
Canadian (TX) OT Taylor Chappell, 6'6" 275lbs 5.1 forty, may come from a small town, but his has big time football potential and receiving heavy recruiting interest from the likes of Missouri along with Texas Tech, Kansas, Arizona (all have offered) and Wake Forest along with others.
Missouri is among several schools that have offered the 2011 Ofensive Lineman and ShowMeMizzou.com caught up with him to get his thoughts on the Tigers and his recruitment.
"Yes,sir. I have an offer from Missouri." said Chappell. "I am very happy to have one from them and it's a great honor. They are a good school with a good football program and have sent a few players to the NFL recently."
The Tigers appear to have made an impression with Chappell. He will be making a trip up to Columbia soon.
" I have spoken with Coach Henson and and really like what the Tiger coaches have to say. I have a strong interest in them and finding out more about them so I plan on taking a trip up there the weekend of March 6th to check things out and look around with my family."
Chappell, who plans to major in sports medicine or prepare for a career in coaching,said that his desire to play in the NFL would be "an important part in the decision process" as far as picking a school along with academics.
He also said that he would prefer to play in a spread offense but that it did not matter ultimately.He also said that while he plays right tackle currently on a team with a left-handed QB, he feels he can play multiple positions along the line.
"It would be nice to do (play in the spread offense) since it's what I am use to, but I can play in other offenses. I have played right tackle this past year but I think I could also play left tackle or guard as well. I don't know about playing center, but I am willing to play wherever I can help the team."
Taylor Chappell's high school coach in 2009 described Taylor the following way.
"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 us this past year.He was named 1st team All-State in Class 1. He is also a talented basketball player for our school. We had Austen English here as a player and I would put Taylor up there with him as a prospect."
Taylor said that he thought he was possibly the leading scorer for his basketball team this past season, and when asked about a timeframe for making a decision he had a general idea of when that would be.
" I hope to make a decision by this summer. I just went to Oklahoma St's junior day, which was good. I am going to Texas' junior day this weekend and then coming up to Missouri the next weekend and plan on visiting Wake Forest during spring break. I hope to visit all the schools I like and be able to make a decision sometime after that. Hopefully by this summer."said Chappell
When asked if he had a list of favorites, he said he was keeping an open mind and did not want to narrow it down to a top 5.
" Obviously I like the schools that have offered me, Missouri,Texas Tech,Arizona and Kansas along with Wake Forest a lot.I like their academics and that it is a smaller school. But right now I am keeping things open and will take some visits and see how it goes from there."