Kentucky first offer for Ohio TE

It appears the tight end position will be a major focus for Kentucky again in 2016.

The Wildcats signed a pair of tight ends as part of this year's class and already have five reported scholarhship offers out to junior prospects at the position. The latest came Wednesday in the form of Grove City, Ohio's Brandon Chapman.

Chapman (6-6, 250) attended UK's camp last summer and turned in an impressive performance. Tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow told him he'd be staying in touch, but even Chapman was caught a bit off guard by the offer.

"It was really sudden. I wasn't expecting it at all," Chapman said. "I thought maybe something this summer. But after school, when I went to (weight) lifting, my coach called me into his office. He told me he just got off the phone with coach Marrow during the school day and that he offered me a full ride to Kentucky.

"Last night, I called (Marrow) back and he told me they really liked what I did at camp, but what really intrigued them was my junior film. He told me my game film was really good and kind of what they're looking for as a tight end, especially my blocking."

Chapman plays for a high school team that runs the ball almost exclusively, so he's a big part of the blocking game, but the Cats view him as a versatile player at the next level. He showed soft hands and nice route-running ability at UK's camp.

"Coming from a strictly running offense, I don't have many passing plays on my highlights," Chapman said, "so it was good to hear that they really like me as a tight end."

Asked about his thoughts on Kentucky's program, Chapman said: "Their athletic program is just supreme. They have great all-around sports and academics, and their football program is definitely up and coming. I like the coaching staff a lot. They're really down to earth. They've really impressed me."

Kentucky has a junior day planned for Saturday, Feb. 21. Chapman said he's planning to make the trip. He made an unofficial visit to UK for the UL Monroe game last season.

In addition to UK, he's also receiving strong interest from Illinois, Miami of Ohio, Bowling Green, Toledo and Ohio.


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