November 29, 2007

Utah corner commit visits K-State

Three-star cornerback Lamar Chapman may be committed to the University of Utah, but his verbal agreement with Utes did not stop him from boarding a Kansas-bound plane Thursday night. The 5-foot-9 California native will take an official visit to Manhattan this weekend, and he intends to look at Kansas State with an open mind.

"The coaches at K-State understand that I'm committed to Utah. I'm just coming up to Manhattan to check everything out," Chapman said.

The sophomore cornerback met with K-State defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar prior to departing for Manhattan on Thursday, and Chapman says the Wildcats' assistant began the process of selling him on the atmosphere surrounding K-State, and the city of Manhattan as a whole during their encounter.

"He said Manhattan was a football town," the Los Angeles native said of his meeting with Tibesar. "He told me that it wasn't like L.A; football is a big show and the main party out there. If I like it, we're just going to go from there."

Tibesar and the rest of the Wildcats' coaching staff are currently pitching the idea of early playing time to Chapman, who says getting on the field early is definitely a point of interest.

"They told me that if I came to K-State, I could make an immediate impact on things," he said.

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