Interview with Justin Chaney
by Reid Althage
LAFM: Name, position, and School?
My name is Justin Chaney, and I played TE for Hammond High School. I am now going to play at Howard University in Washington D. C.
LAFM: Current height and weight?
6-4, 230 lbs
LAFM: Any impressive accolades or stats?
I got First Team All-District. I am not sure of my stats, I did not finish the whole season due to injury.
LAFM: What kind of injury? How long were you out? Are you 100% now?
I fractured my C7 (7th Cervical Vertebrae) in my neck. I was in a neck brace for 6 weeks, and then I had to wait another 6 weeks before I could start doing anything. I am good now. Everything is back to normal. I have been practicing, lifting, and playing regularly.
LAFM: When did you first get in touch with the Howard University? Were you excited when they offered?.
They actually started following me my junior year. I never really thought that I would be going to Howard before my injury. I had some in-state schools like LA Tech and Tulane that were talking to me. After my injury, they stopped. Howard still wanted me. I am really excited because of football and the academics they offer.
LAFM: Why did you choose Howard University? What did you like about your visit?
Howard University was really the only school that offered. Northwestern wanted me to be a preferred walk-on. Tuskegee University was going to offer, but their visit was the same weekend as the Howard visit. I went to the Howard visit and chose them. I have actually been to visit twice now and enjoyed it both times. It is a different environment that is nothing like Louisiana. Everything is all compacted and seems to be right there. I got to tour the capitol and all the great sights. We even got to go by the White House.
LAFM: Who are some people that stand out as major factors helping you along the way of your recruiting process?
My teammate Jeremy Smith, my Head Coach Malter Scobel, and our athletic trainer at Hammond all helped me in one way or another.
LAFM: What do you bring to the Howard University Football Program as a player?
I am a blocking TE, and I know I can block. We did not have a pass heavy offense at Hammond, so mostly what I did was block. Still, I led the team in receptions.
LAFM: What is one thing you think that you need to improve upon or adjust to going to the next level?
Probably my route running. Like I said we did not pass much, so that is something I can improve upon.