Tyler Junior College and the Brook Hill School friends, fans and athletic supporters should be proud as Jeremy Chappelle has decided to join the ranks of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Chappelle, a native of Jacksonville, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend MSU on Wednesday during ceremonies held at TJC.
The Bulldogs finished last year with a 8-4 overall record.
MSU is headed to Jacksonville, Fla. to play Northwestern University in the Gator Bowl, Jan. 1, 2013.
Last year Chappelle aided the Apache run at the playoffs before falling in the semi-finals to Northeast Oklahoma in a 37-35, shootout.
He had six catches for 100-plus yards and two scores in his JUCO finale.
“I was also considering Louisiana Tech, West Virginia, Houston, Texas A&M and Mississippi State were at the top of my list,” Chappelle said.
“First of all, my Mama (Veronica Hunter) loved it, and said she felt like she was at home,” Chappelle said. “And if my Uncle Stacy (Stacy Hunter) who recently passed away) had been there I know he would’ve loved it too.
“Those two things just made it even better, and once I put the jersey on I just felt like that was the place for me.”
An all-star since boyhood, Chappelle was a key component to a successful Apache season this past season, and capped of his high school career with a state title appearance at the Brook Hill School finale.
Both would not have happened if not for second chances, and being with the right people at the right time.
In high school came the first reality check for Chappelle, after starring as a freshman for the Jacksonville Indians.
Two years of awards all-district accolades gave the young Chappelle plenty of confidence. Enough confidence to play as hard off the field, as he did on the field and trouble followed.
As Chappelle briefly put it, “Too much of the wrong crowd, and a much different environment,” was all Chappelle recalled of his early Jacksonville High School successes.
Off-field complications led Chappelle to being released from JHS athletics, with Chappelle finding a home at the Brook Hill School, a private school 15-miles up Hwy. 69 from Jacksonville.
“Jacksonville and Brook Hill are two totally different environments,” Chappelle said. “Not only Jacksonville but I was coming from the hood, Lincoln Park.”
For the first time in his life, Chappelle had to get use to the system.
“We had chapel every Wednesday, I wasn’t use to having something like that,” the wide receiving wonder said, “but I grew to love everything about Brook Hill, it’s a great school with even greater people.”
While at Brook Hill, Chappelle earned two-time, all-state football and double basketball honors for the Guard.
In football, he left Brook Hill with a state finalist spot in football, and one TAPPS final four appearance in TAPPS state hoops.
For head coach, Terry Pirtle at Brook Hill, Chappelle was a receiver, defensive back/linebacker/kick return specialist, setting standards for the Guard that could possible stand for decades.
- Local Sports
Rusk grinds out 4-2 win over Jacksonville
Rusk got in its playoff mindset early as the Eagles prevailed over Jacksonville by a score of 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Eagle Park.
Smith catapults Troup to 2-1 win over Winona
Troup's Luke Smith paid double dividends for his team during the Tigers' 2-1 District 18-2A victory over Winona.
Alto Softball: Lady Jackets win 16th-consecutive district title
No. 4-ranked Alto coasted by Price Carlisle, winning 12-1 Thursday afternoon in Price in what was the regular-season finale for both clubs.
Leading 3-1 going into the fifth inning, the Lady Jackets got things rolling in a major way late by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth and seven in the following inning.
District 15/16-3A Area Track:-Kelley, Spiller to lead Bullard contingent to regionals
Bullard High School's dominating season of girls track and field continued in the District 15/16-3A Area meet, which took place at Panther Stadium in Bullard.
Springer 1 hits Gilmer; Lady Panthers cruise, 7-0
Bullard's Lady Panthers ended the regular season by shutting out Gilmer, 7-0, Thursday night at Lady Panther Park.
Gone fishing with Jerry Miller
Bass fishermen are still contending with cold fronts this spring. As always the unsettled condition always makes it tougher to catch bass. But bass still have to eat. During tough times you need to keep moving and searching – that’s the key!
Lady Panthers draw Athens for bi-district
Bullard, the District 16-3A champions, will play Athens, the fourth place team out of District 15-3A in a best-of-three bi-district series.
Maidens to battle No. 5 Ennis in best-of-3 series
Jacksonville's first journey into the state playoffs in school history will find the Fightin' Maidens paired up against a perennial playoff power in the Lady Lions of Ennis.
Lady Eagles to face Pollok Central in bi-district
The Rusk Lady Eagles will take on Pollok Central in a one game affair at 6 p.m.Thursday at Cushing High School.
Class 4A Area meet:Tribe's Thacker takes the gold in long jump
Datavion Thacker of Jacksonville High School qualified for the Class 4A, Region II Meet, to be held at University of Texas-Arlington next week, in two events, long jump and the 100M dash.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Rusk grinds out 4-2 win over Jacksonville