Ohio junior drawing Cats' attention

Ohio junior drawing Cats' attention

A young tight end from the Buckeye State recently came south to camp with the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals.

Brandon Chapman, a 2016 prospect from Grove City High School near Columbus, said he started receiving strong interest from UK tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow during the spring.

"He came by our high school and invited me to come down to their camp. He said he liked what he saw of me on my highlight film and that he'd be tracking me this season," Chapman said.

Asked what drew the UK staff's attention, Chapman added: "Coach Marrow said they really liked my blocking and how physical I played. I grew up playing the line, so I've always been a pretty strong blocker. He said he wants me to keep working on my acceleration and my route-running, but I have real good hands, too, because I also play basketball, and you have to have good hands to do that."

Chapman (6-6, 235) has an older brother, Dalton, who currently plays offensive tackle at Bowling Green. He said he's picked up some good tips from him over the years that have made him a better blocking tight end.

"We don't throw the ball a whole lot at Grove City," he said with a laugh, "so I'm more or less a glorified tackle."

Kentucky's camp made a strong impression on the junior-to-be.

"There were a lot of great athletes at that camp," he said. "It was really impressive. You had to go really hard to compete.

"I also liked how personable the coaches were and how they really worked with you. They seemed to care a lot about you as a person and helping you get better as a player. I learned a lot from coach Marrow there, much more so than other camps I've been to. Kentucky was my favorite camp by far."

Chapman was also slated to attend an Ohio State camp this summer, but a calf injury he sustained while at Miami cancelled those plans. He may still try to hit a couple of July camps before his Grove City squad starts preparing for the 2014 season.

He has also been drawing early interest from major programs like Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Army, Stanford, Nebraska, Florida State and USC.

Illinois may be a school to watch with Chapman.

"Coach (Alex) Golesh recruited my brother when he was at Toledo," he said. "He has always kept up with me. He came by the school to see me earlier this year. I was hoping to camp with them this summer, but the schedule didn't work out for me and my dad to get there."

Ohio State could also be a major player in his recruitment if the Buckeyes get more involved. "Oh yeah," Chapman said. "Definitely. I've been talking with coach (Luke) Fickell. They've been wanting me to come to their camp, but I wasn't able to do it yet because of my injury at Miami."

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