Kentucky reportedly had 50 prospects on campus this weekend – with many of them among the best prospects in the state of Kentucky. Thomas Chapman is another player who could be among the best in the state after recovering from a major injury during his early junior season.
"I've been out all year with an ACL injury," said Chapman. "But in the two games I played this season, I made an impact and was a big presence in the middle," continued Chapman. "My recovery is going very good. I'm at about four and a half months and I'm at about 90 percent recovery. My injury hurt me a lot and took a really big toll on my life. It woke me up and helped me realize that I need to work harder and o my best to be the best," Chapman said.
So what can we expect to see from Chapman when he's fully recovered from that injury?
"I think I am a very good player with a lot of potential. I feel like a big difference maker. My strengths and intangibles are things you can't teach. I have a really good sense for the bal and very good knowledge of the game," said Chapman. "My other strengths are my size and my natural strength. I think that another strength is my technique and quickness that most offensive linemen don't really have. My determination is also a very big strength," he said.
"I have always been a Kentucky fan my whole life with my dad," said Chapman. "My dad wants me to go there and it's always been a dream for me to go there. My mom also fell in love with Kentucky on Junior Day today. I also felt like it was home and felt like could trust everyone there. The coaches were great. It was like a family. I really loved that coach Phillips and the other coaches had faith in me even though I had a really big injury and been out for a year," Chapman said.
Chapman finished with a simple line.
"Kentucky is just the school for me," said Chapman. Thomas Chapman joins Josh Harris as Kentucky's first two commitments of the 2012 class.
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