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That was a thrill, but not as big of thrill after Michigan State offered him following his performance at the Spartans' summer camp.
"They've been talking to me since I was a sophomore, so it's been a ride and it's paid off," said Chmura, who camped in East Lansing last Saturday. "It meant a lot to me with how much I have been through and all the adversity I have been through. I worked hard to get back and knowing that I am good enough to play in the Big Ten means a lot to me."
Talking to head coach Mark Dantonio and running back coach Brad Salem, who is Chmura's recruiting coach, Chmura says Michigan State is his leader over his other two offers – Central Michigan and Western Michigan. That all could change in a week after he camps with Wisconsin.
Chmura has visited Wisconsin a handful of times for games and spring practices, but will have his most important visit to Madison next week when he camps with the Badgers' staff.
Even with Pewaukee (Wis.) HS) tight end T.J. Watt already committed for the 2013 class and with the Badgers having between four and six available scholarships next season, Chmura has been told he has a chance to get a full offer.
"They are going to judge it with how well I do and my knee does at camp and go from there," said Chmura. "They want to give me a scholarship, but they want to prove that I deserve it at the camp."
Chmura called his trip to Iowa City ‘pretty good' and said it was a good way for him to knock the rust off while learning how the college camps are run. The Hawkeyes said it wanted to watch him play his first few games of his senior season before deciding whether to extend an offer, but Chmura said he plans to commit before his senior season.
"I am at a point where I am comfortable with schools I have been talking to," said Chmura. "It'll probably be down to State and Wisconsin."