|Hometown/School:||Bedford, Oh. (Bedford HS)|
It happens every year. Despite trying to identify high caliber players during their junior seasons, there are always kids who aren't discovered until the May Evaluation period or team summer camps. Jason Chapman, a 6'4'', 250 pound defensive end-tight end from Beford, Oh. starred during the spring, receiving 16 offers and a ton of interest, despite no one really uncovering this hidden gem until recently.
Last season for Bedford HS, Jason tallied 68 tackles and 17 sacks in ten games from his defensive end position. Those statistics, coupled with his quickness and 300 bench press, are part of the reason that Jason is being recruited by everyone for defense, with the exception of Penn State, which likes him at tight end. Does he have a preference?
"I prefer defense, but when they get me there, it doesn't matter," admitted Jason.
Jason claims offers from Wisconsin, Maryland, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Boston College, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Virginia, and Penn State, among others. But there are two teams that Jason really has interest in that have not offered yet--Ohio State and Michigan.
Have the Buckeyes mentioned that an offer may be on the way?
"They haven't offered me yet, but they're sending me stuff," stated Jason. "I'm interested but I don't even know. I'm not going to go there just because it's Ohio State."
Have the Wolverines been in contact?
"I'm on their hit list. They're waiting for my ACT to back," said Jason, who has a 3.0 average and is waiting on his test scores to come back.
Jason visited Ann Arbor unofficially a couple weeks ago.
"I went to Michigan. It was a day of the camp, but (Scot Loeffler) still took me around. I liked it," stated Jason. "They said they can see me playing for them at defensive end, but still want those ACT's. That's what they're talking about."
Although Jason didn't camp at Michigan, the Wolverines still made a positive impression on him. Which other schools stand out?
"Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa," admitted Jason.
The Nittany Lions became involved with Jason recently, offering him on June 12th.
"(Jay Paterno) said that he enjoyed my (highlight) tape and the coaching staff did too, and that he would like to offer me," explained Jason.
Although Jason has never been to Penn State, he and his father plan a trip to Happy Valley in the near future.
"I was supposed to go this week, but with the holiday, I don't think anyone's going to be available," explained Jason, who said he could not get in touch with the Penn State or Iowa coaching staffs.
What does Jason think about the Nittany Lions program?
"They're a good franchise, period. They have a history of good football players. It's a good school," said Jason.
Jason admitted that despite a select few standing out, he is open to everyone recruiting and will decide sometime after his season. Does he know which schools will be there in the end?
"I don't know. I haven't narrowed it down yet."
(Interview by Steve Curry)