Jason Chapman is a big DE out of Bedford HS (OH) who has offers in the double digit range. He is looking to have another good season and hopes to make a run in the playoffs despite being a member of one of the youngest teams in the Lake Erie League.
Of the offers Chapman has already, he does not have any favorites. He listed offers from Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Kentucky, Penn State, Vanderbilt, and Florida, but he does not have any official visits scheduled as of yet.
Chapman was unable to camp anywhere this summer because he suffered an fractured ankle playing in his AAU basketball league. However, rehabbing the ankle this summer with rubber bands, balance, and stretching exercises has put Chapman in good shape for the start of the football season.
At 6'4", 264 lbs, Chapman is a quick defensive lineman with 4.8 speed. He is an all around athlete with good footwork and explosiveness. "I would say I'm like Julius Peppers," explains Chapman. "He was a wrecker last year, and he is just one of the best D-ends out there. We both have the same background. He is a really good football and basketball player and I am really good at football and basketball."
Chapman earned All-State Honorable Mention honors last season in addition to All-League and All-District honors. As captain this year, Chapman has faith the Bedford Bearcats will have a good season despite being such a young team. He says his favorite memory playing football was when Bedford made it to the playoffs his sophomore year. This was the first playoff appearance in school history.
A good education and an atmosphere where he feels comfortable are some of the criteria Chapman has for choosing a school. Chapman says any program that gets him is getting a player with great work ethic. "Everyone can use improvement in strength and speed," says Chapman, "that is why I work hard everyday."
He wants to major in business in college.