The high school career of Waukesha (Wisc.) West tight end Dylan Chmura, son of former Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura, got off to a notable start in 2010, but the 6-6, 225-pound prospect is fighting to get onto the field for his junior season.
"I had a little set back with ACL surgery," Chmura said. "What it has been this summer is rehabbing and getting back to the level I know I can play at. I've been in the weight room a lot, working out, and improving my strength so I can be a better player than I was in 2010."
Chmura injured his knee during a Sectional Finals basketball game last winter. He had surgery and has been in a rehabilitation program since the injury, but is not expected to make it back for the start of the 2011 season.
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"I have not been back to practice as yet," Chmura said. "A few weeks ago I started a running process. Cutting on it, everything feels fine, but talking to the doctor he said, 'You don't want to push it.' The biggest thing right now is taking it slow so we don't have any trouble down the line.
"We're thinking I may be able to go in October at the start of the playoffs. I went to a doctor who operated on my dad in Green Bay and he basically said if I do it right I should be good by the playoffs. We're staying optimistic towards the playoffs and hopefully that's when I can see some field time."
Chmura caught 19 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns during his sophomore season in 2010. That production caught the attention of several college programs, specifically Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern and Kansas State.
"That's the main group of schools I have been in contact with," Chmura said. "I have talked to a few coaches and may be able to get out, see some practices, see if I can get into a few of the tight end meetings, then go to a few games. I'll probably go to a game at Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Northwestern."
Chmura lists no early favorites and is checking out each school currently recruiting him. Although his last name should generate considerable attention, the younger Chmura expects to be recruited on his own merits.
"I want to make my own path and create a name for myself," Chmura said. "I want to be Dylan Chmura and be known for my game."