We continue our countdown with Jeremy Chaplin out of Waverly.
Jeremy Chaplin - Freshman
Waverly, IA (Waverly-Shell Rock HS)
6’2”, 268 lbs
2021 Projection: OL Reserve/Special Teams
It’s not a surprise that Jeremy Chaplin’s biggest takeaway from his recruiting visit was being on the field for the Swarm for the Penn State game. That would be a dream come true for most Hawk fans. Ok, all Hawk fans. The walk-on from Waverly comes in knowing he has to put in work, but most Hawk recruits out of Iowa aren’t afraid of work. Chaplin was a first-team all-state selection his senior year in high school. He played both offense and defense. He was a three-year letterman in both football and baseball. Also, Chaplin is an excellent student. He was named academic all-district both his junior and senior years. Here is some tape of Chaplin from HUDL.
Waverly did a nice job of pulling Chaplin and getting him out in space to make blocks. Defensively he does a nice job of not getting blocked and he has a nose for the ball.
One thing of note for Chaplin. Last year he was listed at 250 pounds. This year he is listed at 268. Iowa is a factory for bringing kids in who can move and transforming their bodies into B1G athletes who can play at a high level.
Iowa Football is built on toughness, intelligence, and hard work. It has been for 40 years under Coaches Fry and Ferentz. Walk-ons have always been given real opportunities to put in the work and show they belong. Chaplin is just this type of young man. Go Hawks!