November 17, 2011
Chapman on the rise
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As the high school football seasons starts to wind down, things will soon move into evaluation mode for the junior class as film starts to get out on the top prospects in Ohio. One of the fastest rising junior prospects in the state right now is Kent Roosevelt dual-threat quarterback Tra'von Chapman. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect just completed a monster junior season throwing for nearly 3,000 yards and accounting for nearly 40 total touchdowns.
"Not to be overconfident but I felt that I did real well," said Chapman. "Coming in as a new quarterback, in this scenario, I handled it pretty well. I got a lot of help from my teammates and we broke a lot of records during the season and we accomplished some great things. I'm looking forward to a 15-0 season next year."
Chapman was a first-year starter for Roosevelt after moving from Pickerington (Ohio) Central. Chapman made the move after his Father, former Ohio State standout Thad Jemison, accepted an assistant coaching position on the Kent State staff. With his Dad playing for the Buckeyes in the early 80's it comes as no surprise that Chapman holds Ohio State in high regard.
"I love Ohio State," he said. "Me and coach (Jim) Tressel were very cool. My Dad and coach Tressel had a good relationship and so did me and coach Tressel, we're still good friends to this day. I still look at Ohio State as one of my top schools if not the top school. Even with everything that has been going on, there is still great people around there, great school, great coaches, and great facilities."
Having a parent that has played football at the highest possible level and is now coaching at a high level, Chapman acknowledges that he has learned a lot from his Father.
"In his career, he was an All-American at (Cincinnati Princeton High School) but when he got to Ohio State he had to wait a couple of years for his time," Chapman explained. "I've just learned to keep working hard and to be a student of the game. My last two years at Princeton and Pickerington I was just trying to play, I didn't know coverages or anything like that and that's what helped me a lot this year, just sitting down with him and going over coverages."
At the moment, Chapman holds just one verbal offer, from Kent State, but that will almost surely change once his junior film gets out. In fact, some of the top programs in the nation are starting to show interest in the big-time prospect.
"A lot of schools are sending me visit invites and stuff like that but I have been getting some of them too late," he explained. "I got invited to the Notre Dame game against Maryland and I got the invite after they had already played. I'm looking forward to going to an Ohio State game, Notre Dame, Oregon, West Virginia, Michigan; I'll definitely go to those schools at some point."
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