2017 WR Prospect On Fresno State Radar

Ryan Chapron of Ontario (Calif.) Colony High may not say a lot of words, but it’s his receiving and blocking ability that speaks loudly on his behalf.

The 2017 prospect has carved out an explosive spring session that has seen him torch some of the top cornerbacks in California at different tournaments, plus put together a highlight reel that shines a light on his deep threat capability and devastating run blocking skill.

Chapron – who blazed past the competition on the track as well by winning the Southern Section Division II 200 meter title - became the go-to deep option for his club team Explosive Athletic Training (E.A.T) during the Pylon, IMG and Passing Down tournaments this past spring, often lining up against the top cornerbacks from the Inland Empire or Orange County to improve his game.

Much like his personality, Chapron has had a relatively quiet recruiting period.

“I have two offers right now from Kentucky Christian and the University of Idaho. New Mexico has written me personal hand written letters too,” Chapron said.

Last season Chapron caught just 18 passes for 484 yards, but his average of 26.9 yards per catch led the 8-4 Titans. Four of his five touchdowns stretched past 25 yards, including an 80-yard score.

He takes his most pride in his blocking ability, though, as his highlight film shows him displaying an offensive lineman’s mean streak during one-on-one blocks as he locks his palms into a defender’s chest and drives him back 5-10 yards.

“I feel blocking is a big strength for me,” Chapron said.

His 7on7 coach Prentice Byrd likes to compare Chapron’s blocking ability to Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals.

“When that clock starts, he’s a different beast. He mauls a kid on blocking plays. It’s super nasty,” Byrd said. “His blocking ability and deep threat ability sets him apart. He’s a dog and he intimidates cornerbacks.”

Byrd and Chapron have been working together to fine tune the receiver’s route game, which Byrd said needed some fixing.

“He was real mechanical. We’re polishing his routes and make him more polished,” Byrd said.

Chapron will return to a Colony team that lost its two leading receivers (Marcos Valencia and Khalil Dorsey) to graduation. The Titans also lost quarterback Josh Thompson, who graduated with the receiving duo.

Outside of the interest he’s received from KCU, Idaho and New Mexico, Chapron said he worked out in front of the Fresno State coaching staff during the June 11 7on7 tournament.


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