TE Dylan Chmura, Waukesha West HS (Wis.) - (6-foot-6, 225 pounds)
Ratings: Rivals (NR), Scout (NR), 247 (NR), ESPN (NR)
Other notable offers: Central Michigan, Western Michigan
Chmura earned an offer last weekend when camping at MSU, and it didn't take long for him to make a decision. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Dylan is the son of former Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl tight end Mark Chmura.
Dylan Chmura missed his junior season with a torn ACL, which hurt his recruiting stock. But he also had interest from Iowa, Iowa State and camped at Wisconsin over the weekend. 247 spoke with Chmura after his commitment.
"It was very tough right after it happened. I was thinking to myself, ‘Is football over for me? Am I going to get a second chance?' Then I started slowly realizing that I was going to have a second chance. I got a chance to prove that to these colleges that I can still compete and play again. I worked as hard as I did and everything paid off."
(This is where the highlight video would go if there was one)
MSU's tight end depth was gutted after the 2011 season, forcing Denzel Drone to move from defensive end. For the 2012 class, MSU has three tight ends coming in. So, the position will be thin with experience, but there is a lot of youth. That said, MSU likely was only going to take one tight end in this class. So, if Chmura was impressive enough at camp to earn a rare offer despite missing last season, it says something about the coaches' evaluation of him.
At 6-foot-6, Chmura surely would be a big target. That weight will have to increase, but that's the easy part to change. He'll also have to block. MSU likes to use multiple tight end sets and move them around, so they want big, yet mobile players. You know how Brian Linthicum moved in motion and into the backfield frequently (and you knew it was a run, but anyway....)? That's what you need to do if you're going to play tight end at MSU. Chmura also does the shotput for his high school.
When he camped at MSU, Rivals listed Chmura as the top performer among tight ends. Chmura said the MSU coaches loved the balance between blocking and catching skills. From Rivals:
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.
With Chmura being listed from Wisconsin, you would think this fits the "MSU is making inroads in Wisconsin" storyline. But Chmura disputes that. From 247:
"I'm from Massachusetts. I have zero ties to the state whatsoever. I was clear to all the colleges that were recruiting me, including Michigan State, that I'm not from Wisconsin, that my blood isn't from Wisconsin, it's from Massachusetts."
There are various rumors that Wisconsin offered Chmura a greyshirt, but either way, I don't think you can call this a victory against the Badgers.
Chmura is commitment No. 8, meaning MSU has probably passed the halfway point for its limited amount of scholarships for the 2013 class. As was said before, offensive and defensive line are big priorities for the remaining spots.