Ohio lineman names favorites

Jason Chaffin projects as an offensive tackle, guard or defensive tackle

Jason Chaffin, a 6-foot-1, 295-pound class of 2007 prospect at Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio, is waiting for his first scholarship offer, but he has several favorites in mind.

"Wisconsin I know is a favorite of mine," Chaffin said in a telephone interview Monday night. "Michigan State, Illinois, Minnesota, Marshall, Ohio and Maryland. Those are my top ones right now."

"I've been getting more letters (lately) from Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Marshall, Ohio and Maryland (and) a couple other schools too," Chaffin said. "But those are the schools that send me the most amount of mail."

Chaffin could play guard, offensive tackle or defensive tackle in college. He started at defensive tackle as a sophomore, then played offensive tackle and guard as a junior. He said that schools have so far focused on recruiting him as a guard or tackle because he played offense last season. He expects to stick on offense this fall, while potentially subbing in on the defensive line. Chaffin's high school team prefers to use a two-platoon system.

"I talked to my coach about that and he said they are going to be willing to put me at either guard or tackle depending on what they want to do with certain plays," Chaffin said.

Chaffin said that Ohio, Michigan State and Division I-AA Western Kentucky have visited his high school during the spring evaluation period, and the Hilltoppers have called him. He has made three unofficial visits this spring.

Said Chaffin: "I went to Ohio University's junior day. Loved the campus down there. That was real nice down there.

"I've been to Kent State's junior day and I've also been to Marshall's junior day."

Chaffin visited Marshall during the 10-year reunion for the school's Division I-AA NCAA Championship team. The Thundering Herd joined Division I-A in 1997.

"Marshall's junior day, I really liked it," Chaffin said. "The coaching staff was real nice. The campus was outstanding. I couldn't believe how nice it was. Just being down there on the field, watching Chad Pennington pass the ball to Randy Moss—it was amazing. We didn't get to talk to them at all or meet them, but it was just amazing to be on the same field as them."

Chaffin said he grew up an Ohio State fan, and became a fan of the Big Ten by extension. That is one reason why Wisconsin is among his favorite programs. Another is the positive feedback he received from Danny Fortener, a 2005 Archbishop Alter grad who is now a redshirt freshman defensive back at Michigan State. Fortener had held Wisconsin as his favorite until December of his senior year, when the Badgers stopped recruiting him.

"He went to Wisconsin a couple times and he said that he loved it down there," Chaffin said. "… I've never had a chance to be there, but it sounds great."

Chaffin currently plans to attend one-day camps at Ohio and Marshall. "I'm still trying to decide what other senior days I'm going to go to," he said. "I'm not exactly sure which ones yet."

Chaffin said he bench presses 305 pounds and squats 400.


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