Mount Carmel Area’s Jack Chapman received his first Division I offer to play football at Army West Point.
While Chapman has been in contact with Army, to him, the offer comes as a surprise.
“It’s incredible,” said Chapman. “When I got the offer, my heart dropped.”
The multi-sport athlete said he just got home from baseball practice when he received a phone call and was made the offer.
Chapman is being recruited by John Loose, Army’s defensive coordinator, but is still unsure which side of the ball he will pursue to play at the collegiate level. Chapman has made plays all over the field at the linebacker position on defense and tight end position on offense.
“On offense, they like my playmaking ability and how I high-point the ball when it’s in the air. Defensively, they like the way I hit and see the entire field,” said Chapman.
It might be easy to look at a stat chart or box score and see that Chapman is capable of making the big plays on the gridiron, but for him, he takes pride in something that is overlooked by the average fan — effort.
“When I’m out there, I just try to give it everything I have for my teammates and the fans,” explained Chapman.
This past fall, his effort paid dividends for Mount Carmel on the field.
The 6-foot-2, 195 pounder hauled in 30 catches — six of which were touchdowns — for 612 yards. On the defensive end, he recorded 94 total tackles and one sack. Chapman played all 13 games for the Red Tornadoes in 2018.
Chapman has made unofficial visits to Penn State, Columbia, Colgate and the University of Massachusetts. The junior still has plenty of time to receive more offers and weigh his options before his deadline to make a decision, which comes next spring.