Chattanooga-(WDEF) James Stovall committed to play college ball at UTC before a change of heart had him going to the Naval Academy.
But after a year at the Naval Prep Academy, the former Bradley Central stand-out retuned home to Chattanooga.
And now he's working to prove himself this spring.
When James Stovall decided to leave the Naval Academy, it was a no-brainer to attend UTC.
"It was real easy for me to come back when I decided I didn't want to go to the academy. This is the school I wanted to come to for sure."
Mocs head coach Russ Huesman was happy to get Stovall last summer, but he had to redshirt him.
"He wasn't ready. Typical freshman even though he was up there, I believe he blocked every snap while he was up there. We're not sure if he caught any balls while he was there. So he had to learn to be a wide receiver and not just a blocker."
But Huesman says Stovall will play a lot this fall.
"The transformation from then till now has been remarkable. He has looked like a really, really good receiver."
Added Stovall,"I'm anxious. I'm ready to get the season going. Feel like I can do good things for the team. Just going to keep getting better and hopefully do more than a SoCon Championship this year."
Stovall should be a solid target at 6'2, 200-pounds.
Said Huesman,"He's a very athletic guy. Can jump. He's physical. He can bend his knees. So he has got a lot of physical ability."
Stovall has already used his athleticism to help the Mocs track team with the triple jump.
Said Stovall,"It's the hop, skip, and jump."
Reporter-"Does that help you in football at all?"
"Probably not. I just like to compete. Anything I'm good at, I want to compete."
For now, Stovall is loving life with the Chattanooga Mocs.
"I just like being here. I'm a family man. I love this city. There is no where else I would rather be right now than here."