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Rivals 250 QB visits Wisconsin

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Kent (Ohio) Theodore Roosevelt's Tra'von Chapman has not been as active with college visits as many of his fellow Rivals 250 quarterbacks in the 2013 class, but this past weekend the 6-foot-2, 200-pound signal caller did make his way to Wisconsin for the Badger's spring game.
"It was pretty cold [Saturday], but other than that it a was pretty good, competitive game," Chapman said. "Wisconsin is a great place with a great offense. They are rebuilding on defense, but I feel good about Wisconsin."
Wisconsin runs a different offense than the one Chapman leads at Kent Roosevelt, and the four-star quarterback paid particularly close attention to their scheme on Saturday.
"Wisconsin is not like every other school. They are one of the few teams that can actually run a successful pro-style in college," Chapman said. "Me being a spread quarterback, if I do go to Wisconsin it would be a good learning period. I got to talk with a couple coaches and they said their scheme is simple enough that anybody can get it. You can see with what Russell Wilson did with it in a couple months."
Like Chapman, Wilson was a dual-threat quarterback and he led the Badgers to a Big Ten title in 2011. His success has given Chapman confidence that a dual-threat quarterback can be successful at Wisconsin.
"What they were able to do with him in less than two months was, wow," Chapman said. "They like having those athletic quarterbacks and when you put an athletic quarterback in a pro system, the sky is the limit. They say I remind them of Russell Wilson and you see what they did with him, imagine what they could do with me."
The nation's No. 3 ranked dual-threat quarterback, Chapman holds nine offers, though he is still waiting on one from the Badgers.
"They didn't offer me yet," Chapman said. "Coach [Bret] Bielema is a guy who doesn't just throw out offers. I know that from the people around him and what he said."
Boston College is the most recent school to offer Chapman. Others include Arizona, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Kent St., Northwestern and Pitt. At this time he lists no favorites.
"It's all pretty even," Chapman said. "At first I had Cincinnati and Pitt and Northwestern, but I made that list on me not visiting yet. As I sit down and really think about it, that list has changed and I think a lot of schools are pretty even.
"I have no problem taking my time. I don't plan to wait until the end of fall. I plan to do it late June or at the latest the middle of July. I know a lot of new teams are coming in because their No. 1 quarterback went somewhere else."
One reason Chapman is not near a decision is because he has only visited a handful of schools. Wisconsin and Pitt were the only two visits he made this spring.
"I don't really get around that much. I try to, but it is kind of tough," Chapman said. "I might go see Cincinnati sometime soon, but other than that nothing is really planned out."
As a junior, Chapman passed for 2,800 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also rushed for another 800 yards and eight scores.
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