Badgers, Buckeyes watching Chapman


COLUMBUS, Ohio – One of the more intriguing prospects at the Columbus Elite 11 regional and Nike Football Training Camp was quarterback Tra’Von Chapman (Kent, Ohio/Theodore Roosevelt). A dual-threat at the position, Chapman showed he is a more than capable passer.

The three-star prospect was placed in the top group following preliminary drills in the Elite 11, and he said that was a definite confidence boost for him.

“When you start hitting those first couple of throws and guys are patting you on the butt saying ‘good job,’ that’s when you start getting your confidence up,” Chapman said. “You start to think ‘OK I can do this' and 'I belong in this group with these bigger guys.’

"I definitely got my confidence, especially toward the end when I was in the elite group and we were throwing deep balls, which is one of my specialties.”

A number of college programs are already convinced Chapman can be the future leader of their respective program. Ranked 19th nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks and 21st overall in Ohio, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior has 10 offers, including seven from BCS programs.

One program yet to offer Chapman is Ohio State, which already has one quarterback commit but could possibly take one more. If the Buckeyes do take another quarterback, it could come down to Chapman, a Cincinnati native, and fellow Ohio dual-threat prospect Mitch Trubisky.

“They’re coming to see me throw one day after school,” Chapman said of the Buckeyes. “So hopefully I’ll put on a show for them and maybe be joining [Middletown athlete] Jalin Marshall as a Buckeye.”

Another program yet to offer is Wisconsin, which hosted Chapman for a visit for its spring game the last weekend of April.

“It went good. I enjoyed myself,” Chapman said. “I have a friend [Jeff Duckworth] that plays football there. I really enjoyed myself. I love coach [Bret Bielema] and coach [Matt Canada] and all those guys.”

Chapman also made it to Pittsburgh recently, which had a bit of a Wisconsin feel, Chapman said.

“Pitt is fabulous. It’s a college town right next to the Steelers, so I get to see some NFL players,” Chapman said. “Coach [Paul] Chryst from Wisconsin is a great guy. Pitt is the same as Wisconsin basically you could say.”