Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman announced the addition of wide receiver James Stovall to the Mocs’ 2013 recruiting class on Thursday.

Stovall, a former prep standout at Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, was recruited by UTC in high school, but decided on the Naval Academy instead. Hespent last season at the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

“We are excited to have James come back to Chattanooga,” Huesman said. “We recruited him heavily before he went to Navy, and we are happy it worked out that he is now a Moc.”

Stovall hauled in 76 receptions for 1,065 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior at Bradley Central, and also set a TSSAA playoff record, hauling in 19 receptions for 181 yards in the Bears’ 2010 playoff loss to Oak Ridge. Stovall, also a track & field standout, set numerous school and meet records in the triple jump as a senior in 2012, eventually winning the TSSAA state title in the event.


The 6-3, 190-pounder, who has all four years of eligibility remaining, is the fourth wideout signed by the Mocs this offseason, in addition to Alphonso Stewart, Xavier Borishade and Davis Howell.

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