Remember all of those times that I said a defensive back perfectly fit the Coach MacIntyre mold? Well, forget all of those. I am serious this time. Don Chapman, the CB from Southern California, perfectly matches all the features Mac looks for in a lockdown corner. Let’s check them off one by one.
Chapman hails from Lincoln High School in San Diego, squarely in the Southern California range (check). He played on offense and defense, splitting time between wide receiver and cornerback (check). This may have caused him to have a late recruiting boom, as CU was one of the first schools to offer (check). Soon after, as he hit the camp circuit focused on DB training, Chapman blew up (check). All in all, he ended up with offers from every area school, including offers from USC, Arizona, and Washington.
And now let’s get to where he really shines. I must confess, Chapman is probably my favorite DB recruit on the West Coast this cycle. Effortless athleticism combined with aggressive physicality make a player that is very fun to watch. His tape, as mentioned previously, looks like a Colorado DB. He is tall at 6’2 (check), with long arms (check) and a lanky look (check). At WR or DB, he showcases some great speed, quick feet (check), and fluid hips (check). He plays up on the line of scrimmage (check), and gets his hands on the receivers early (check). I think he’ll be able to contribute right away and once he focuses on one side of the ball, he will explode.