Medically cleared January 7 following reconstructive ACL surgery in April, Chmura has not only seen his body return to form, but feels he has become an even bigger threat.
"I actually feel that (my skills) have increased dramatically," Chmura told Badger Nation. "Speed wise is through the roof now. My strength and flexibility is great. I am just pushing as hard as I can everyday and I want to make myself better every day. That's what I've been doing."
It helps when Chmura – the 6-5 tight end from Waukesha (Wis.) West HS – has good football genes in his family, as his father Mark was a long time tight end with the Green Bay Packers. Combine that with his clean bill of health, Chmura says Iowa State, Miami (Fla.), Purdue, USC and Wisconsin have all talked to him or sent him letters since the beginning of the month.
Unable to attend Wisconsin's junior day last weekend after attending the funeral of a close family friend, Chmura was given an open invitational from the coaching staff to come up and get the full tour in the spring.
"Once I got the news, I let the coaches know and they said it was more important to be with my family," said Chmura. "I asked about the spring practices, and they said that I can come up whenever I want, so I am going to try to go a spring practice or the spring game."
Even during his rehabilitation, Chmura was still on the radar of offensive line coach Bob Bostad and tight end coach Joe Rudolph. With both coaches leaving after last season, Chmura is now waiting to get acquainted with the new staff and his new recruiting contact, who he believes is assistant coach Ben Strickland.
"He's been in contact with me and keeping me updated on what practices are," said Chmura of Strickland. "I think the interest (from Wisconsin) has gone up a little bit because I am fresher with my recovery and getting close to camp where I can come out and show them what I got. They really want me to come up to camp, which I plan on doing anyway."
"I am excited to show the coaches my footwork, my ladder work and my lateral and vertical quickness since the injury," said Chmura. "I am excited to show off the balance and the drive in my knee and get some opportunities."