Pitt Football: Top Quarterback from Ohio Commits to Panthers

Matt PowersCorrespondent IIJune 30, 2012

TraVon Chapman picked Pitt this week. Photo from elevenwarriors.com
TraVon Chapman picked Pitt this week. Photo from elevenwarriors.com

The Pitt football program just picked up a major commitment on the recruiting trail this week for the 2013 class as Tra'von Chapman has committed to the Panthers (per Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Chapman—a 4-star prospect from Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio—was long rumored to be leaning to selecting Pitt, but finally made it official this week as he picked the Panthers over Wisconsin, Arizona, Illinois and Northwestern, among others.

Unlike the other quarterbacks on the Pitt roster, Chapman gives the Panthers a true dual threat. This could be big for the Panthers as Paul Chryst had great success with the Wisconsin offense in his one season with Russell Wilson under center. Chapman isn't only a runner either, as he is also a solid passer capable of beating a defense with his arm.

Chapman has other intangibles which help to make him such a promising prospect. He's a smart player— which should be no surprise as his father, Thad Jemison, is the wide receivers coach for Kent State. His playmaking ability could make the Pitt offense really start to click for Paul Chryst.

Chapman helps to upgrade the talent level of the quarterback position at Pitt along with 2012 recruit Chad Voytik and transfer Tom Savage—the former starter at Rutgers who then transferred to Arizona before Rich Rodriguez took over with his run-heavy offense.