'Cats Interested In Chapman

As National Signing Day is approaching and all eyes are on the top prospects in the 2012 class, there are still juniors landing offers. One of the top 2013 prospects in Ohio is Kent Roosevelt's TraVon Chapman, and the quarterback is drawing serious recruiting interest.

One of the top prospects in Ohio for the class of 2013 is Kent Roosevelt quarterback TraVon Chapman, who had an amazing junior season and helped lead his team into the playoffs.

"I think I had a real good junior season, and making the playoffs was great for our team," Chapman stated. "I feel I did above what people expected, and my coaches were pleased with how I played. It was my first year at the school, and things went great.

"My strength is my passing ability, although a lot of people think I'm a better runner," he continued. "I study a lot of film, and I'm getting better at learning defenses. I know how to get rid of the ball quickly, and where it needs to go. I want to work on making better decisions. I had four interceptions this year, and three of them were in the red zone. I'm not happy with that, and I need to get better in scoring situations and making sure we get points."

Chapman received his first offer recently, from Kent State. His father, former Ohio State star Thad Jemison, is an assistant coach for the Golden Flashes.

"I do have an offer from Kent State, and that is exciting for me," he admitted. "I love (head coach) Darrell Hazell, and I've known him a long while. That offer was unexpected, and I consider it a real blessing. I know Coach Hazell sees me as a player, not just the son of one of his assistants. They have an edge for me." Several top BCS programs have also expressed interest in Chapman, as his film has been making the rounds.

"I'm hearing from Northwestern, and I've spoken to Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald," he explained. "Notre Dame was in my school to check up on me, and so has Michigan. Coach (Greg) Mattison from Michigan was in my school, and he has stayed in contact with my coach the most of anyone. I'm also hearing from Duke.

"Michigan is a great program and I think they're looking to add a second quarterback to their class," he added. "He came to my basketball practice and that impressed me that he would spend so much time at my school. I'm definitely looking hard at Michigan. Duke and Northwestern are both such great academic institutions, and that means a lot to me. I haven't met Coach (Brian) Kelly yet from Notre Dame, but I have a friend (Eilar Hardy) playing there who loves their program."

With his father having played for Ohio State, one might assume the Buckeyes would be showing interest. Chapman discussed where things stand with Ohio State.

"Of course, Ohio State is my dream school and there was a lot of contact before the coaching change," Chapman said. "I was talking to Coach (Nick) Siciliano a lot before, but there hasn't been much lately at all. I was pretty tight with Coach (Jim) Tressel, but I haven't heard anything since Coach (Urban) Meyer took over. I'm sure they're very busy with the senior class right now, so I'm hoping to hear from them after National Signing Day."

Chapman, 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, threw for over 2,200 yards as a junior, completing 64% of his passes. He also threw for 26 touchdowns against only four interceptions, while also rushing for 697 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.


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