28 June 2012
Even with Army All-American Chad Voytik on his way to Oakland in just a few months, Pitt still desperately needed to add a quarterback for fall 2013. Today, Paul Chryst got a big one with Kent, Ohio's Tra'Von Chapman.
Chapman is a four-star player according to Rivals and Scout and a three-star by ESPN and 247. Because he committed to Pitt, he's entitled to be referred to by his highest evaluation according to the Pitt Commitment Corollary,* and will be referred to as a four-star from here on out.
The 6'2" signal-caller picked Pitt over BCS offers from Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Boston College, Arizona, Northwestern and Minnesota. Not exactly a murder's row, but Pitt also had to fend off Kent State, where his father is the wide receivers coach.
Chapman is coming off a fantastic junior campaign in which he led his team to their first ever playoff win on the heels of a 10-2 season. Chapman threw for over 2,200 yards with a 64% completion percentage with 26 touchdowns and a 6.5:1 touchdown to interception ratio. He added nearly 700 yards and eight touchdowns with his legs.
ESPN evaluates him as a pass-first, run-second threat from the pocket (via):
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. Has extremely quick feet, stays active and does a nice job of creating passing windows with his mobility. He has adequate pocket presence, consistently buys second chances and appears comfortable throwing on the run. Sets up quickly and while he shows a little bit of a wind-up in his release, he does deliver the ball with confidence and authority and the ball jumps off his hand when his feet are set and he steps into his throws. He is capable of altering his motion to get the ball off if pressured, off balance or on the run to either side. Shows very good zip and ball speed to make some impressive throws to intermediate zones--especially between the numbers. He is very accurate in the deep passing game. Needs to be on time to drive the ball vertically as he does not have an elite arm. Drops the ball in over coverage very well. Chapman can be deliberate in his motion and wind-up just a bit which hinders the ability for the ball to just pop off his hand. As athletic as he is, he does not have blazing speed. He is quicker than fast. A very decisive runner with good lateral agility and the ability to make people miss. Is an excellent fit for the zone read scheme. Chapman is a very good player that will likely receive mid-major and BCS level offers when it is all said and done.
With Chapman in the fold, Pitt's post-Sunseri quarterback situation should be pretty set. Even with minimal contributions expected from Mark Myers and Trey Anderson, Pitt will have senior Tom Savage (probably), redshirt freshman or sophomore Chad Voytik and freshman Tra'von Chapman. And if all goes as planned, they'll still have 2014 commit Chandler Kincade waiting in the wings. Chapman will bring a different element to that group with his athleticism, even if he still is a throw-first quarterback.
Highlight and combine videos after the jump.
*I made that up right now.
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