Chapman gearing up for decision date

Four-star quarterback prospect TraVon Chapman has narrowed his list, in preparation of an upcoming decision. As it currently stands, Northwestern is on the outside looking in. Could that change? Find out in this recruiting update.

Tra'von Chapman is not afraid of a quarterback competition.

While attending the Elite 11 quarterback camp in May, Matthew Alviti, a four-star quarterback already committed to Northwestern, encouraged Chapman to follow in his footsteps. The conversation sparked Chapman's interest in the school, even if Alviti posed a threat to his pursuit of the starting quarterback job. In fact, the two spoke highly of their promising partnership, and hinted at playing different positions in the same offense.

While NU recruited Alviti as a quarterback, offensive line coach Adam Cushing, Chapman's lead recruiter, has other plans for the 2013 prospect from Kent (OH). The Wildcats want Chapman as an athlete, a jack-of-all-trades, do-it-all player who can be used at multiple positions.

Cushing and Coach Fitzgerald told Chapman that he resembles current NU quarterback Kain Colter.

"I prefer to play quarterback and I feel like I'm a quarterback," Chapman said. "But what coach Cushing and Fitzgerald have told me is that I'll be used like Kain [Colter]. Kind of like a weapon all over the field, at different positions."

His initial list of suitors has been cut down, with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin as his top three. Northwestern stands as his fourth favorite.

The Wildcats aren't officially out of the picture for Chapman, who has visited each of his three current favorites. A visit to Evanston may influence Chapman's standings, but that has not been accomplished and may not before the July 1 decision date.

"It just hasn't worked out, that's all," he said. "I've wanted to visit all along, and maybe I can in the next couple weeks, but it's doubtful."

Still, Chapman remains sold on NU's academic stature and a spread offense that he believes fits his skill set, one similar to the system he quarterbacks in high school. Cushing has remained in contact with Chapman since visiting him for a workout at Roosevelt HS. The junior will make a decision on July 1, and said that NU has not fallen behind his other top three.

"I'm excited to finally make my decision," he said. "At this point, I really don't know for sure what I'm going to do."

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