“I transferred to Hoover, so I’m no longer at Minor,” Mike Chisem said. “I moved out here with my folks.”
The versatile offensive weapon for Minor in 2013, Chisem did a bit of everything for the Tigers, making plays with the ball in his hands as a running back, wide receiver and returner. Now he is looking to make an impression with the Bucs, the state’s juggernaut, filled with top juniors on offense like three-star Bradrick Shaw at running back and Justin Johnson on the outside.
“It’s alright so far, but I love the hard work we put in, though,” he said. “I’m adjusting real well with the guys, but I’ve just got to adjust a little bit with the coaches because their work ethic is totally different…I’m seeing a lot of new things up here.
“Workouts are different, the running they have us doing is different, everything is different to me but I’m getting used to it now.”
The 5-foot-8 Chisem has some tangible results despite his lack of tenure with the Hoover squad this offseason.
“I just can’t wait to start the season or spring training,” he said. “I have improved on my bench, squats and hang clean, so I’m loving the workouts at Hoover. I’m up to 175 pounds, too.”
More of a running back primarily before, the rising senior will be looked at on the edge going forward.
“They said wide receiver, like a slot type,” he said. “I’m loving it, I told them I wanted to play that and they told me that they need another slot receiver, so they said that was good that I wanted to play that.”
Still waiting on major college interest and his first verbal scholarship offer, Chisem isn’t concerned about potentially leaving the area for college.
“I want to hear from Michigan State, LSU and Oklahoma State,” he said. “I just feel like the position I want to play at the next level, those schools have that type of play-maker there. “