Bloomington - After a month of traveling to various college campuses and working out in front of coaches, Charlie Chapman is glad to be back at his Carleton, Mich., home and have that part of his summer break behind him.
The 6-6, 275-pound offensive tackle from Airport Senior H.S. stopped off at Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa, Purdue, Missouri, Toledo and Miami (Ohio) last month, a whirlwind tour designed to add to his list of scholarship offers.
It was a fruitful journey, but one he's glad is done and over.
"My mom asked me the other day if I wanted to do anymore camps, and I said, umm, NO," Chapman said.
While the senior camp grind might have been getting to Chapman, it did pay off with some additional scholarship offers and a spike in interest from a handful of others. Chapman now has offers from Indiana, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Northern Illinois, while Iowa, Michigan State and Purdue have all hinted they might be close to offering.
That's a lot of possibilities for Chapman to consider, but he says one school stands out over the others.
"Indiana right now is at the top of my list," Chapman said. "They're my favorite school right now. I really love the coaches, the campus, all that stuff."
Barring any last-minute changes, a commitment could be looming. Chapman said he plans to see if any other scholarships materialize in the coming days and then hopes to make a decision by the end of next week.
"My coach told me I should wait a couple more weeks in case anything else opens up," Chapman said. "I wasn't really thinking about committing, I was just getting worried the opportunity might pass me up."
Chapman's IU opportunity came about courtesy his junior film and then his trip to Bloomington last month for camp. Impressed by his size, athleticism and prospects as an offensive tackle, Indiana offered shortly after Chapman's appearance in town.
"They said they love my athleticism for my size, my speed and they like how I'm a tough, hard-hitting football player," said Chapman, Scout.com's 94th-ranked offensive tackle nationally. "I thought I had performed well there, but I didn't know what to expect. I just hoped for the best and it happened."
His trip gave him a chance to meet up with his recruiting coach, George Ricumstrict, as well as IU offensive line coach Bobby Johnson. Both impressed Chapman during his one-day stop.
"Coach Johnson is a really cool guy, really energetic," Chapman said. "He was impressive and fun to hang out with. Coach Ricumstrict is also a really cool guy and really funny."
One School Stands Out for Chapman
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