October 29, 2011
Flashes first to offer Chapman
Kent (Ohio) Roosevelt dual-threat quarterback Tra'von Chapman is quickly emerging as one of the top playmakers in Ohio's junior class. The Flashes have gotten in early on Chapman as they extended a verbal offer to the talented prospect last week. Chapman is the son of Kent State wide receivers coach Thad Jemison but it wasn't Jemison that delivered the news.
"After my practice, Coach (Darrell) Hazell called my coach (John) Nemac," Chapman explained. "Coach Nemac then talked to me and congratulated me and stuff so it wasn't my Dad that told me it was actually my coach."
Getting the offer was a surprise to Chapman but hearing the news from someone other than his Father was also unexpected.
"It wasn't weird, it just caught me off guard," he said. "At that time, I had no idea they were even offering juniors or anything like that. My Dad didn't even really know about it."
While the Flashes are the first to extend a verbal offer Chapman's way, there is no shortage of college programs showing interest.
"I'm getting a bunch of letters and stuff like that but recruiting hasn't really hit full force like it will after the season," he explained. "Northwestern is real interested, Cincinnati, Ohio State, I'm real close to those coaches over there, West Virginia, and Michigan."
With the obvious connection to Kent State, Chapman said he doesn't really think about the opportunity to play at the same school that his Father coaches at and hasn't really thought about any favorite schools at this point.
"I don't really think about it," he said. "Growing up my Dad was a Buckeye and just being around coach Tressel and stuff like that, they have always been my first school. Going deeper into the recruiting process I'm not sure where my favorite schools are at right now because I only have that one offer."
With that being said, when the time comes down the road for Chapman to make his decision, he intends to give the Flashes a long look.
"I'm definitely (going to consider Kent State)," he said, "I think the first school that offers you always have to look at. I would definitely look at Kent State because it's close and my Dad is there and I know coach Hazell."
Another program that figures to be in the mix for Chapman is Cincinnati. The Bearcats have one major thing working in their favor, location.
"I really like Cincinnati because that is where my family is," he said. "I'm from Cincinnati so that school is up on a lot of (other schools) because of the location."
On the field, Chapman is having a huge junior season for Roosevelt and through nine games put up some monster stats.
"I'm a little over 2,000 passing yards with 23 touchdowns and three interceptions," he explained. "I have about 600 yards rushing and seven touchdowns so I'm doing pretty good."
On Friday night, Chapman and his Roosevelt team clinched a playoff berth with a 42-35 win over Ravenna. Roosevelt will host Warren Howland next weekend in the first round.
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