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Signee Spotlight: Allen Chapman
Allen Chapman, 5-11, 180, cornerback, was named California Community College Athletic Association 1st team All-American for his play in 2010. Now he's ready for the challenge of big time Division 1 football in the Big 12.
"I'm not going to lie to you I want to be 1st Team All-Conference," said Chapman. "I'd also like to be Big 12 Newcomer of the year like Daniel Thomas was."
The last Defensive Newcomer of the Year the Wildcats had was in 2007 with Gary Chandler, also a defensive back. Chapman feels like he has the ability to come in and make an immediate impact for the program.
"It was a great experience for me at CCSF because of the competition I was going against," Chapman said, "not only in games but on the practice field.
"We had a lot of D1 players I'd go up against every day in practice like, Darius Bell, our quarterback last year who went to UCLA, and this year's quarterback, Steele Jantz, who signed with Iowa State. Competing against wide receivers Darius Bright (Hawaii) and Aaron Horne, who also signed with Iowa State, helped me get better. You're going up against some of the best players around in California JuCo."
Chapman had 39 tackles (26 solo, one for loss), five interceptions, one sack, two fumble recoveries and 12 pass breakups on the year. He returned an interception and a fumble recovery back for touchdowns.
The CCSF Rams went 12-1 on the season winning the NoCal title, but losing to Mt. San Antonio in the state final. After that year, college recruiters came on strong.
"I had offers from New Mexico, Louisiana Tech, Fresno State and many others coming on," said Chapman. "I committed, and the new coach at Miami started talking to me about going there.
"But I had committed and the recruiting coordinator, Joe Gordon, is like a mentor to me. He was an All-American defensive back, and we have a real good relationship."
It was in late January after a visit to Manhattan, Kansas that Chapman decided to make his verbal pledge to the Wildcat coaching staff. He says one of the main reasons he went with K-State starts from the top with Bill Snyder.
"Coach Snyder is a lot like Coach (George) Rush at CCSF," said Chapman. "He's a hard-nosed coach which I think is good for young players to keep them on their toes. My teammate at CCSF, Nigel Malone, also signed with K-State, so that was a plus.
"I got to know a couple of the guys on my official visit. Ty Zimmerman was my player-host. I like Ty. I hung out with a lot of the seniors like Daniel Thomas. Manhattan is small, but I think when I get there I can adapt quickly."
Chapman didn't have a big signing day hoopla celebration. He spent the day with his mother and sister and attending classes.
"I talked with the coaches throughout the day," Chapman said. "I'm hoping to get there early so I can start getting adjusted to the campus. I'll be finished with my classes by late May, so I'm planning on being there right after. I'm using the work-out packet they gave me and running with my cousin to stay in shape."
Chapman starred at San Jose's Oak Grove High School making All-State as a senior with 10 interceptions. Out of high school, he was planning to play at San Diego State, but landed at CCSF where he was a two year starter for the Rams.
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