Chapman, Alviti form unique bond

The thought of a position battle often scares high-school recruits away from that school. That is not the case with four-star quarterbacks TraVon Chapman and NU commit Matt Alviti. The two have formed a bond and envision playing on the same NU team.

A unique friendship was formed at the Elite 11 quarterback camp in May. Roosevelt (OH) High School quarterback TraVon Chapman introduced himself to Maine South (IL) quarterback Matthew Alviti.

"I asked (Alviti) where he was going to school, and he said 'Northwestern,'" Chapman recalled of the conversation.

Hearing "Northwestern" caught Chapman's attention. The four-star quarterback had named the Wildcats as one of his favorite schools. Despite the commitment of Alviti, the Cleveland-area quarterback remained high on Northwestern.

The idea of a position battle often scares recruits elsewhere, but that's not the case with Chapman, and as it turns out, Alviti, too.

"Talking to Matt," said Chapman, "he was like, 'You should go to Northwestern, it's a great place. Coach Fitzgerald and Cushing are great guys.' Education-wise, he was like, 'man, you'll be set.'"

Alviti, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, committed to Northwestern as a quarterback. The Wildcats are recruiting Chapman under the "athlete" label. His lead recruiter, Adam Cushing, compared him to a current 'Cat who is known for versatility.

"(Cushing) classified me as a Kain Colter type, the athlete-first type," said Chapman. "It's one of those deals, if quarterback doesn't work out, they can move me around."

With that in mind, at the Elite 11 camp, Chapman lined up as a wide receiver with Alviti as his quarterback.

"(Alviti) was like, 'we've got to show people this tag team duo," Chapman said. "It was pretty fun."

Chapman, who stands at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, narrowed his double-digit offers to just five schools: Arizona; Cincinnati; Northwestern; Pittsburgh; Wisconsin.

"I feel comfortable at most of the schools," Chapman said. ... It's a random group, but I feel good about that group."

Northwestern has been in pursuit of Chapman since his junior season, and made it clear that despite the commitment of Alviti, it wants Chapman too.

In mid-May, Cushing visited Roosevelt High School to watch Chapman workout.

"He said they were impressed with my speed and size," said Chapman.

Chapman has a positive feeling about the Wildcats, but is hoping to visit for the first time, this summer.

"It's not a bigger name in the Big Ten, but the offensive is impressive; the academics, too," he said. "Getting the degree and getting a great job. It's just a good feeling when I talk about Northwestern."

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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