June 21, 2012

Chmura grabs Spartan offer

This past weekend a talented group of tight ends attended the Michigan State Camp. After the dust settled the Spartans Staff decided that one of them had the best performance and extended an offer to him. That player was Dylan Chmura and he is very familiar with what it takes to be an elite player.

If the name rings a bell, it should. Dylan is the son of former Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame tight end Mark Chmura. The younger Chmura is already a solid 6-foot-5, 228-pounds and is equally adept in both the passing and blocking aspects of the tight end position. The Spartans rely heavily on tight end play to make their offense effective and they want to add 1 quality prospect to the class of 2013. SpartanMag.com spoke with Chmura about his most recent offer.

"Michigan State offered me a scholarship today," Chmura said. "I also have offers from Western Michigan and Central Michigan. The coaches told me I did an outstanding job at camp and that I am the #1 guy on the board at tight end. It felt good to get an offer from them."

Some may wonder how a player with his pedigree and talent could not have more scholarships offers. Chmura missed his junior season of high school football due to an ACL injury he suffered during basketball season. He showed no signs of the injury while performing at the Spartan Camp. In addition, many teams focus on tight ends that can simply run and catch, the Spartans actually believe those aspects are much easier learn than the desire to block defensive ends and linebackers.

Rivals.com Midwest Recruiting Analyst had the following to say about Chmura:

Top performer: Dylan Chmura, Waukesha (Wisc.) West The tight end group was unusually strong for a summer camp, with a whole cast of prospects who physically fit the mold of a high Division I tight end. There were several candidates for top performer of the group, but we'll give it to the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Chmura who is coming off an ACL injury that cost him his junior season. There was no brace on his knee, though at times Chmura still looked a little tentative. Yet, his blocking technique was clearly the most developed in the group and he showed very soft hands catching the football.

While in East Lansing Chmura was able to check out the campus and tour the facilities. We asked him what he liked about Michigan State University and what his plans are in the next few weeks as far as recruiting.

"The campus was really nice and the coaches were great," Chmura stated. "I am going to Wisconsin's camp next. I am probably going to make my decision in the next few weeks."

The Spartans and Badgers have already banged heads for multiple players this year. Michigan State was able to beat Wisconsin for standout running back R.J. Shelton, but the Badgers were able to keep athlete Austin Ramesh close to home. Interestingly, the Spartans may not have room for Chmura if they would have picked up a commitment from the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Ramesh. Michigan State saw Ramesh as a prospect that would likely project as an H-back/tight end. Both the Spartans and Badgers have limited offers to give for the class of 2013 so scholarships are at a premium.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow Chmura's recruitment over the next few weeks. As with any player that receives their first BCS offer from Michigan State, look for several other teams to turn up the heat accordingly.

SpartanMag.com's Take: Initially, we were not sure of the Spartan would offer a tight end of the class of 2013. In addition, if they did offer, we thought it might be to a "big" tight end that could slide to offensive tackle if he out-grows the position. The fact that they offered Chmura is an indication of just how well he did at camp. Sometimes a player comes onto campus and does so well, a coach would be foolish not to offer. That is what occurred here. It will be interesting to see if Wisconsin throws the "grey-shirt" option out there to Chmura. The Badgers are trying to keep quality kids close to home without having to burn a class 2013 scholarship. They might figure Chmura would have no problem paying the freight for the first 6 months.

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