Recruit Report: Pitt QB recruit is putting up big numbers
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If high school statistics mean anything, then Pitt fans should be excited about quarterback recruit Tra'Von Chapman.
Chapman, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior, has already made a verbal commitment to Pitt. He is having a big senior season at Roosevelt High School, a Division II program (second-largest of six classifications) in Kent, Ohio.
Chapman has tortured opponents with his passing and running and has helped Roosevelt to a 7-1 record. Chapman is one of the leaders in passing yardage in Ohio, completing 136 of 237 for 2,223 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has thrown for more than 200 yards in every game.
On the ground, Chapman has rushed for 464 yards on 85 carries and scored five touchdowns.
When Chapman committed to Pitt this summer, he also had scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Boston College and Illinois, among others. Could he be Pitt's quarterback of the future?
Well, starting QB Tino Sunseri is a senior. Behind him is sophomore Trey Anderson, a former walk-on now on scholarship, and freshman Chad Voytik, a freshman who was a hot-shot recruit from Cleveland, Tenn. It appears Voytik will be redshirted this season.
Also, Tom Savage is sitting out this season after transferring from Arizona. He started his career at Rutgers, where he showed plenty of promise as a freshman.
Although Chapman is putting up big statistics, Penn State's top quarterback recruit isn't exactly tearing apart defenses with his throwing.
Christian Hackenberg of Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) is ranked by scouting services as one of the top quarterbacks in the country. In eight games this season, Hackenberg has thrown for only 1,042 yards. He has completed 78 of 165 passes (47 percent), with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has had a few rough games, completing 2 of 16 in one contest and 11 of 29 in another.
Football's letter-of-intent day is more than three months away, but it looks as though Southern California coach Lane Kiffin has a terrific recruiting class.
Rivals.com, scout.com and ESPN all have USC's class ranked No. 1 in the country so far. Of course, that could change in the next few months, but the Trojans already have verbal commitments from 18 players, including five who are ranked five-star recruits by Rivals. Included in the class is 6-5, 215-pound quarterback Max Browne of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash. Rivals ranks him as the nation's No. 1 "pro-style" quarterback.
First Published October 19, 2012 12:00 am