WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – As one of the premiere teams in the state of Michigan, much is expected out of the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s program every year. The Eaglets have developed a reputation as a dominant team that produces its fair share of high-level talent as well.
This is especially true for the class of 2017.
The Eaglets’ talented junior class extends past Hamler and Ross, however, as linebacker Dwayne Chapman Jr. and cornerback Richard Bowens III both show signs of developing into highly coveted prospects as well.
On Thursday, Chapman received his second Division One offer after a strong camp performance in front of the Bowling Green staff. Chapman has visited the Falcons’ campus previously and spoke highly of his interaction with the coaches.
“The staff at Bowling Green seemed very friendly and personal,” Chapman said. “I liked coach [Brian] Ward and how he ran his defense. Coach [Kim] McCloud and coach [Andrew] Sowder were also very cool.”
Bowling Green is the second school in two months to offer Chapman, who picked up an Ohio offer on May 19.
“I discovered that Ohio University offered me through my coach,” Chapman said. “I plan to visit Ohio this summer. I have researched the coaching staff. Head coach [Frank] Solich and linebacker coach [Ron] Collins both have a very impressive coaching background. The area recruiting coach [James] Ward was also very cool.”
Last year, Bowling Green topped Ohio in an October 11 tilt by a score of 31-13. It is unclear which school is in the lead with Chapman, though. Before the rising junior linebacker will come to a decision, the 6’1”, 205-pounder is staying focused on preparing for the beginning of the 2015 season.
“This offseason I’m working hard to get bigger, stronger and faster,” Chapman said. “I ran track for St. Mary’s. In addition, I do speed training at Total Sports three days per week. I’m really emphasizing on becoming more explosive for my junior season.”
As a linebacker, Chapman displayed a host of traits that are necessary to play the position. He has a big body that can support added weight as well, which works in his favor.
“I’m a physical player with ability to fill holes, take on blocks and lay the wood,” Chapman said. “I relish big games and love to study film.”
Over the offseason, Chapman has taken unofficial visits to Michigan State, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Central Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
Chapman, who sports a 3.7 GPA, helped make a name for himself with a dominating performance in the Division 3 state title game in 2014. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s secured a 7-0 victory over a stingy Muskegon squad, but not without a pivotal interception coming from Chapman. As a result of his play, Chapman was name overall MVP of the title game and cemented his status as a notable prospect in Michigan for the class of 2017.