January 5, 2012

Buckeyes tracking another Ohio QB

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The quarterback position will be a key position for Ohio State in the 2013 recruiting class. The Buckeyes have already offered one in-state prospect at the position and another Ohioan is seeing some added interest in Kent (Ohio) Roosevelt product Tra'von Chapman. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound dual-threat prospect is one of Ohio's best signal callers and new Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman stopped by the school on Wednesday afternoon to speak with Chapman's coach.

"Coach Herman the offensive coordinator e-mailed me and he was actually at the school today," said Chapman.

Chapman is the son of former Ohio State wide receiver and current Kent State assistant coach Thad Jemison and has always held the Buckeyes in high regard. Bringing in Urban Meyer as head coach certainly hasn't done anything to hurt Chapman's interest in the Buckeyes.

"It wasn't shock, it was actually excitement," Chapman said of the Meyer hire. "For them to get a good coach like that, a young coach, that's really been successful, it was definitely exciting for me to hear that. It was exciting to hear that they will be going to a traditional spread instead of the multiple offenses that they are running now so I was pretty happy when I heard that."

"I'm a spread quarterback," he continued. "Watching Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin and stuff like that with (Meyer) and him bringing that to Ohio State is huge with Braxton Miller and all of the athletes that they have, hopefully sometime in the next couple of years I can fit that role as well."

At the moment Chapman's lone offer is from Kent State but that will almost surely change in the very near future as some top programs from around the nation are showing continued interest in the big-time playmaker.

"I've been getting letters from Michigan, Duke, Oregon, Northwestern, Minnesota, schools like that," he said. "Ohio State is interested now, that's really the school that is heating things up."

In the mean time, Chapman is taking his talents to the basketball floor over the winter.

"I decided to go ahead and play basketball after my (football) season ended," he said. "It's pretty good; it's definitely keeping me in shape."

Chapman could be one of the big movers when the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 Ohio rankings are released on Sunday.


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