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  Jovani Chappel
Jovani Chappel

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Dayton, Ohio

High School:
Trotwood-Madison

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 185

Position:
DB

2009 Scouting Report: Tough-minded, physical cornerback who is a returning starter...ranks among the defense's most experienced players...enters his senior season having played in 34 career games...an emerging leader not only for the defense but also for the team overall.

2008: Played in 13 games, starting eight...compiled 45 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery...had crucial INT vs. West Virginia that sparked Pitt's fourth-quarter rally from a 15-7 deficit...picked off Pat White and returned it 14 yards to the Pitt 16, setting up a TD with 8:07 left...also had blanket coverage on the final play of the game, forcing White's desperation pass to fall incomplete out of the back of the end zone, clinching the Panthers' 19-15 victory...other INT came at Connecticut... had career-high seven tackles vs. Oregon State in the Sun Bowl...had six tackles at Syracuse and Navy...coaching staff Special Teams Player of the Game for Navy contest... had fumble recovery vs. Louisville.

2007: Played in 11 games and had 17 tackles...had a season-high four tackles vs. Eastern Michigan...had three tackles and a key fumble recovery in the West Virginia upset...recovered a fumble on the second half's opening kickoff, giving Pitt possession at the WVU 48...the Panthers parlayed the turnover into a TD and 10-7 lead they would never relinquish...also had three stops at Virginia.

2006: Joined Pitt as a true freshman in January after completing his high school graduation requirements a term early...played in 10 games to letter...had seven tackles on the year...had a season-high three stops at Connecticut.

High School: First team All-Ohio Division II performer as a senior at Trotwood-Madison, where he was a four-year starter...first team All-Southwest Ohio...first team Dayton Daily News Division I-II All-Area...had 91 tackles, three interceptions - including one returned for a touchdown - and three fumble recoveries as a senior...compiled nearly 960 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...PrepStar All-American... rated one of the nation's top 35 cornerback prospects by Scout.com...rated one of the top 45 prospects in the Midwest Region by Scout.com...rated Ohio's No. 20 overall prospect and the nation's No. 37 cornerback by Rivals.com...played under Coach Maurice Douglass, a former member of the Chicago Bears who played for Dave Wannstedt.

Personal: Jovani Lynel Chappel, born 12/19/87, is the son of Jeff and Tiffany Hall...has three brothers and two sisters...communications major.