March 13, 2012
4-star QB has interest in MSU
One of the top prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2013 is quarterback prospect Tra'von Chapman of Kent Theodore Roosevelt High School in Ohio. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-2, 200-pound signal-caller and got the details on his recruitment.
Chapman, who is rated a 4-star recruit and the #106 player in the nation by Rivals.com, gave us some details on the schools that have offered so far and if they all see the dynamic athlete as a quarterback at the next level.
"I have 9 scholarship offers so far: Arizona, Illinois, Northwestern Pittsburgh, Boston College, Cincinnati, Akron, Kent State and Bowling Green," he said. "Most of the schools want me as a quarterback. The schools that have not offered me yet have said they want to see me throw before they make a decision. Some of them like me as a wide receiver or defensive back. I definitely want to play quarterback though; I am just an extremely athletic one."
Some of the other schools that are showing Chapman interest include Michigan, Minnesota, West Virginia, Ohio State and Michigan State. We asked Chapman about his contact with the Spartans.
"Yes I hear from Michigan state, right now it is most letters, but I did bump into Offensive Line Coach (Mark) Staten over the winter. Coach (Harlon) Barnett and my dad are very close as they coached together in Cincinnati."
Chapman's father is former Ohio State wide receiver Thad Jemison. Jemison was a high school All-American at Princeton High School in Cincinnati and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 1984. He is currently serving on the staff of Kent State University as the Wide Receivers Coach.
With some connections to Michigan State and the fact that Chapman is well aware of the team's success under head Coach Mark Dantonio, a scholarship offer from the Spartans would be something that Chapman would be very interested in. We asked him if he has any visits lined up for later this spring.
"I am still making plans to visits some schools. I know I am going to visit Pittsburgh and Cincinnati since that is my home town. Ohio State wants me to come to a spring practice as well so I know I will go there. My plans are still coming together."
Last fall Chapman threw for over 2800-yards and 29 touchdowns for his high school team. He also accounted for over 800-yards on the ground and rushed for 8 more scores. Chapman is looking forward to getting the opportunity to show college coaches his skills at summer camps.
With a father who is very familiar with the recruiting process, you can be sure Chapman will do his homework. In addition to looking for a school that he feels comfortable with, he will also look into things like the track record of the staff as far as developing players at his position and the overall stability of the program. If the Spartans do decide to extend a scholarship to him, those factors could work in their favor.
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Chapman in the coming weeks. It is a great year for quarterback talent in the state of Ohio and Chapman is one of the main reasons why. Michigan State is looking to bring in an elite level quarterback for the class of 2013 and we expect an impressive group of prospects to be stopping into East Lansing this spring and summer.
SpartanMag.com Take: Chapman is a prospect that the staff will certainly be looking forward to seeing at a session of camp this summer. If he does not end up getting offered by Ohio State, other Big Ten teams will have an excellent chance of adding him to the class of 2013.
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