Chapman makes the call

Chapman makes the call

Thomas Chapman visited Kentucky this weekend for Junior Day. The 6-foot-4, 286-pound junior picked up an offer from Joker Phillips before making his commitment on the spot.

Thomas Chapman visited Kentucky this weekend for Junior Day. The 6-foot-4, 286-pound junior picked up an offer from Joker Phillips before making his commitment on the spot.

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.

Chapman has been hearing from Kentucky, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Michigan, Louisville and Illinois. But today he picked up that first offer at Kentucky's Junior Day.

"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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