After taking an unofficial visit to the Badgers for Wisconsin's spring game at the end of April and throwing for offensive coordinator Matt Canada last week, Roosevelt (OH) quarterback TraVon Chapman has a Wisconsin scholarship offer he views in high regard.
"I was definitely pumped," Chapman told Badger Nation about the Wisconsin offer. "I was all smiles when I got that offer. Every offer means a lot, but an offer from a prestigious school like Wisconsin with its winning program just pushes it over the top. It's more than words can describe right now."
The offer signifies that Chapman – a four-star quarterback ranked No.15 in the country by Scout.com – is now the Badgers' No.1 priority at the position since four-star New Jersey quarterback Kevin Olsen committed to Miami last week.
After the 6-2, 205-pound junior threw for over 2,200 yards and rushed for nearly 700 yards last season, Chapman impressed Canada enough during a throwing session to send tight end coach Eddie Faulkner down with a scholarship offer in hand.
"I knew after throwing and getting good feedback from them that they liked me," said Chapman. "I figured we would stay in touch but to see (coach Faulkner) after such a short period, I figured that it was to offer me. It was still surprising."
Chapman also got to speak to Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema previously after he attended the Badgers' spring game on April 21 – his second unofficial visit to Wisconsin after attending a game at Camp Randall two seasons ago.
"It was really cool," said Chapman. "Even though the weather was freezing that day, it was a good experience to be around those guys and those types of fans. I really enjoy being up there."
In addition to Wisconsin, Chapman holds offers from Akron, Arizona, Boston College, Bowling Green, Illinois, Kent State, Northwestern and Pittsburgh. Chapman has started to eliminate some schools (although he is not publicizing his list quite yet) and has a few that already stick out.
"I have some schools – like Arizona, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Wisconsin – that are ahead of the rest, but that's not necessarily a top five," Chapman said. "A lot of things can still change."
Chapman has visited Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Wisconsin and doesn't plan to throw for any more college coaches in the coming weeks. His plan right now is to stay composed, and not get ahead of himself before he heads out this summer to visit who he believes are his ‘top' schools.
"I think on the field, a lot of coaches have been impressed with my arm strength," said Chapman when asked about his strengths on the field. "I am a little undersized, so that can only go so far. I think my character and things like that have helped me. I don't get too high on myself.
"A lot of coaches see a lot of guys on film and they like them, but they see what kind of person they are on the classroom and off the field. I think I excel at that."