The Pittsburgh Panthers landed a pretty big recruit for 2013 in Kent, Ohio's Tra'Von Chapman, according to a post on Pitt Script. Chapman chose the Panthers over the Cincinnati Bearcats, Wisconsin Badgers, Boston College Eagles, Arizona Wildcats, Northwestern Wildcats and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Kent State Golden Flashes were also a contender, since Chapman's father is the wide receivers coach there.
Chapman, who measures at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, led his high school to their first ever playoff victory in a 10-2 season last year, throwing for over 2,200 yards with a 64 percent completion percentage. He also ran for over 700 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.
The scouting report on Chapman by ESPN says that he is a good throw-first, run-second quarterback.
Chapman is a highly productive dual-threat quarterback that takes pride in clearly being a passer first, runner second. He is athletic and very consistent in his overall methods. We are not convinced he is quite as tall as his listed height, but he is well built and looks like a wide receiver. He is a shotgun, spread player that is extremely good on the move and a consistently productive deep ball passer. Possesses good arm strength and flashes the ability to put some heat on his throws if he needs to.
Chapman may be behind the incumbents such as Tom Savage and Chad Voytik. But if his athleticism blossoms, he could add a new dimension behind the center that Big East defenders will have to deal with.
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