Big Ten Interest Increasing

Port Huron (Mich.) junior Mark Chapman talks about the recent surge in interest in him and his future college position.

Port Huron junior Mark Chapman played quarterback and played it well for the Big Reds last year, but the 6'0, 175-lb prospect is a good enough athlete to project elsewhere in college.

Currently holding one offer from Central Michigan, a school he has family ties to, other programs have started to turn up the heat.

"I've been invited to Minnesota's spring practice, and I've been getting lot of mail from them. I got invited to Illinois junior day. Iowa has been sending stuff, Syracuse, Missouri sent a spring practice schedule, and that's about it."

Chapman is considering taking some of these schools up on their offers, if his travel schedule allows for it.

"I have not taken any visits yet. I know I plan on attending one of Iowa's for sure. I'm thinking about Minnesota, but that's a pretty big distance to go."

As for camps. Chapman hopes to be busy this summer.

"I was thinking about going any school showing attention. Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Toledo, that's pretty much what I was thinking."

What these summer camps will allow Chapman to do is show that he can play a position other than quarterback.

"I'm pretty sure they're looking at me for an offensive athlete, slot receiver. The only school I've gotten any interest from for quarterback is Air Force. [Colleges] have asked me about [playing defense], but I've hinted that I don't want to play defense. The coaches have been totally cool with that."

As a junior in 2011, Chapman accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of total offense.

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