Chmura Getting Better

Rising junior Dylan Chmura is growing into a high caliber tight end, and he has his dad to thank. His father is three-time Pro Bowler Mark Chmura, who was a star with the Green Bay Packers. Now, Chmura is tight end coach at Waukesha West (Wisc.) High School where he helps his son learn the position.

"He has a vast array of knowledge that I can tap into," said Dylan Chmura of his father. "If that didn't happen, I don't think I could be as successful as I was this year."

Chmura (6-5, 225) was definitely successful in his sophomore season. He had four touchdown catches while playing up with Waukesha West's varsity team. The Wolverines finished 13-1 and took home the state championship.

A number of schools have already taken notice in the junior-to-be. Northwestern, Michigan State, and Wisconsin have already shown interest.

Chmura is hoping to find the right mixture of strong football and academics, and Northwestern has his attention early on. He recently spoke with NU defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz, and learned a little bit about the Wildcats.

"The school sounds great," Chmura said of Northwestern. "They have a great football tradition there. He told me about some struggles earlier—a couple years back—but they're on track to being a top program in the Big Ten. I've heard all about their academics. If there's a place to go for academics, it's Northwestern."

Thus far, Chmura has not visited Northwestern's campus and has not made arrangements for any visits yet. However, NU will be in his plans when it's time to make college trips.

"They're one of the top schools that I would want to (visit)," Chmura said of Northwestern. "The way they portray themselves across the country, you used to think about them just for their academics. Now they're an accomplished football program."

While speaking with Coach Hankwitz, Chmura learned about what being a "superback" at Northwestern is like. Chmura feels his versatility would make him a nice fit as a superback.

As he ages, Chmura is adding depth to his game as a tight end. A former offensive line, Chmura has worked hard to become a better tight end.

"You have to have the drive to play (tight end)," Chmura said. "I worked really hard. I can play offensive line right now but I've worked myself hard to be a tight end and now I'm a tight end."

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