February 5, 2012

Chapman checks out Ohio State

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Ohio State has already offered one in-state prospect at the quarterback position in Kettering (Ohio) Alter’s Malik Zaire, however, the Buckeyes have also been paying close attention to outstanding Kent (Ohio)Roosevelt prosect Tra’von Chapman. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect was in Columbus last Sunday for Ohio State’s big junior day and came away impressed by his experience.

“It was great,” said Chapman. “To be around some old friends like Jalin Marshall and Malik Zaire and a couple of those guys, and to be around that atmosphere, it was a great experience to get to meet the coaches and to meet Urban Meyer.”

As one of just two quarterbacks in Columbus last Sunday, Chapman was able to get away from the big group of prospects and meet with two members of the Ohio State coaching staff.

“Well me and Malik were the only quarterbacks there so we got to meet with coach (Tom) Herman,” Chapman explained. “He was real energetic and full of excitement. Me and coach Meyer also talked and basically a lot of schools are recruiting me as an athlete but they want to see me throw because throwing on film is a lot different than throwing in person because of the ball release and quickness and stuff like that. Hopefully I can change people’s minds when I go to camps this summer and stuff like that.”

Through Chapman’s dad, former Buckeye wide receiver and current Kent State assistant coachThad Jemison, Chapman’s relationship with the Ohio State program goes way back. Getting a chance to speak with Meyer eased any concerns he may have had about the direction the program is now going under the new regime.

“Coach Meyer is a great guy,” he said. “To be a national championship coach and to be so famous and well known, he’s actually a real humble and down to earth guy. No matter who you are, he will sit down and talk with you. He isn’t coach Tressel but he reminds me of coach Tressel in the way he handles things as far as being a people person. That was cool talking to a guy like that because I haven’t talked to coach Tressel in a while. Coach Meyer took the time and showed us around and they had Stefon Diggs in too but he found some time to talk to all of us.”

Recently, Chapman got some big news when he picked up his first BCS level offer from a Big Ten program.

“Northwestern offered on Thursday,” Chapman said. “I wasn’t really shocked, but it’s a blessing. I knew Northwestern was real interested but being the first big school to offer me, that definitely says a lot on their part.”

The Wildcats had been recruiting Chapman hard for a few months and have caught his attention early in the process.

“Northwestern is a great program” he said. “Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald and a couple of the assistant coaches have come down to see me and made numerous stops at the school. They’re just great people. It’s a great program, great academic school as everyone knows. They’ve been running the spread offense and I hear a lot of great things about Chicago and the campus so I’ll have to go check it out soon.”

Northwestern certainly won’t be the last to program to offer the talented signal caller as more than a handful of programs are starting to show serious interest.

“Just recently Oregon asked me for my highlight tape,” Chapman explained. “Cincinnati, Michigan State, and Michigan have shown a lot of interest. Iowa and Indiana (have also shown interest), just a lot of Big Ten schools.”

Chapman remains busy with his high school basketball season but is hoping to get out to a few more junior days in the near future.

“I believe I’m going to Cincinnati’s junior day the 18th of February,” he said. “I’m trying to make a trip to Northwestern sometime soon.”


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