The first Duel is often the toughest. It’s very likely the first national competition for quarterbacks in fourth/fifth grade, and more and more QBs are coming in from Canada to take part in NFA’s showcase summer event.
Chap Chapman earned his Duel invite in Atlanta, Ga 2 Day PSP and the fifth grader from nearby Monroe finished in first place among the youngest group of QBs at the competition.
“Winning the Duel title was a great experience,” Chapman said. “I learned so much about what I need to do as a quarterback to succeed on the field. And the coaches and players I competed against taught me so much that I used during the season. Winning the Duel gave me the confidence that in real games, I could make the tough throws under pressure. And having the correct fundamentals made all the difference this season.”
Playing QB for George Walton Academy this season, Chapman led the Bulldogs to the playoff semifinals. “Heading into the season, the goal was to help my team win the league title,” he said. “I’m most proud of the comeback win we had in the first round of playoffs.”
Given the way he is rapidly developing at quarterback, many more wins are undoubtedly coming in the future. “I feel playing quarterback is the best possible position because you can help your team win in so many different ways,” Chapman said.
While his throwing skills are obviously strong given his showing at the Duel, Chapman can also run the football. He accounted for 8 touchdowns this season via the pass and rush.
As his career progresses, Chapman is working to get better and better. “I have a lot of confidence in my arm strength and accuracy,” he said. “But I am working to improve my all-around game, from my passing form to reading defenses and carrying out play fakes. I also want to learn to make the right mental decisions on when to scramble or throw the ball away.”
Training with NFA and Coach Adam Britt in Monroe, Ga. the past two years has helped Chapman get a leg up on the competition.
He is also an Honor Roll student at George Walton Academy. “My general education helps me understand plays and how to read defensive and offensive schemes,” Chapman said.