One of the catalysts on Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s Prep state championship team last season was sophomore inside linebacker Dwayne Chapman II.
The instinctive and hard-nosed underclassman excelled throughout the year, also named the MVP of the state championship game.
College coaches have begun taking notice of Chapman II, inquiring about his services and looking to build an early relationship.
“My recruitment’s been going fine,” Chapman II told The Michigan Insider. “I currently hold four division one offers and I’m expecting a couple more any day now.”
Among Chapman’s offers, three come from the MAC in Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green and Ohio. With both Michigan and Michigan State so close in proximity, Chapman says he’s excited to get to know both coaching staffs better moving forward.
“Ironically no (haven’t heard from Michigan), but Michigan State has showed a lot of interest,” Chapman said. “I visited (Michigan) four times and was invited to their elite camp, but I wasn’t able to attend because I had a 7 on 7 with my high school.”
“I’m very interested and hope to hear from them soon. Michigan has an outstanding tradition and is a premier program led by Coach Harbaugh, who is one of the best in the nation.”
While Jim Harbaugh has yet to coach a game at Michigan, his energy and excitement has brought a very positive buzz to the program, standing out to several prospects hoping to pick up an offer from the Wolverines.
“I think Coach Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the NCAA,” said Chapman. “I feel he knows how to prepare his players to become elite college players as well as professional. I like that he is very passionate about football and his resume speaks for itself.”
If an offer from Michigan were to present itself, the opportunity to play at home and fit into defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin’s scheme would give Chapman something to seriously consider.
“That would be a dream scenario (if Michigan offered),” said Chapman. “I feel I would be a great fit because my school runs the same 3-4 defense as Harbaugh, which fits my skill set.”
“Absolutely, I would love for my family to attend all of my games. That would be a dream scenario. As a kid growing up, you dream of playing for programs like that.”
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder will look to impress at Minnesota’s camp, but after is turning all his focus to his junior campaign, looking for another title.
“I’m focusing strictly on having a dominate junior year and repeating as state champs,” said Chapman.
“To repeat as state champs, we must continue to work hard this offseason, play discipline football, stay unified as a team and most importantly follow the direction of our coaches.”