Jamarcus Chatman, a 4-star defensive tackle recruit, decommitted from LSU on Sunday. Chatman had been committed to the Tigers since late April.
Jamarcus Chatman, a 4-star defensive tackle out of Rome, Georgia, announced via Twitter Sunday morning that he has decommitted from LSU. Chatman had previously committed to the Tigers back in April, but has since rethought that decision.
Chatman stated on Twitter that he thinks “Louisiana State University is a great place to be, but this is the right decision for me.”
In addition to LSU, the 6-foot-2, 267-pound recruit has visited Wake Forest, Miami (FL), and the University of Tennessee since April 1st of 2017. What’s interesting to note is that Chatman’s decommitment from LSU came just one day after he took his unofficial visit to Knoxvillle for the Volunteers’ “Orange Carpet Day,” in which the team hosts a number of it’s top recruiting targets. This has some believing that Tennessee, the first SEC school to offer Chatman, is now right in the mix to land his services.
The fact that the Vols gave an offer to Chatman’s high school teammate, Jaquon Griffin, over the weekend could also play a significant role in Chatman’s decision to reopen his recruiting process. Chatman has stated in the past that he and Griffin are a “package deal,” according to 247Sports, and now they both have offers from Tennessee.
Despite the evidence supporting the theory that Chatman may be leaning towards committing to Tennessee, the defensive tackle has received 58 scholarship offers in total, meaning his options are far from limited. He is the No. 24 defensive tackle in the 2018 class, per Scout.
Aside from the Vols, another school that appears to be heavily targeting Chatman is the University of Miami (FL). Coach Mark Richt and the Hurricanes currently have 247Sports’ No. 2 ranked 2018 recruiting class, while Tennessee comes in at No. 8 on that list.
If Chatman were to choose Miami, he would be the team’s 14th 4-star commit. Tennessee currently has five such commits.