Profile: Jalen Chatman
Location: Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Weight: 180 pounds
Recruiting: Chatman took an unofficial visit to Rutgers over the weekend and wasted no time making his decision, announcing for the Scarlet Knights earlier today. Chatman previously visited Tulane and the Green Wave seemed to be in a good spot but when Rutgers offered earlier this month, all the buzz among those close to Chatman had the quarterback leaning to the Scarlet Knights. Arizona was also involved and we heard an offer could be close but Chatman's commitment to Rutgers looks very solid right now and a flip anywhere does not look likely.
What to Like: Chatman is a winner, pure and simple. All quarterbacks are measured by whether they can win games and Chatman has led his Narbonne team to back to back city championships. He is a clutch performer, one of those guys you want in the huddle late in games and he has been very productive. Chatman threw for 52 touchdowns and rushed for six more scores as a junior and always seemed to come up with the clutch play late in games. He is a poised signal caller, very calm in how he plays the game and has the ability to beat a defense with his arm or his legs. Chatman is a true dual-threat quarterback who can make plays in or outside the pocket and shows the ability to run for positive yards or escape pressure, extend the play and then make a throw down the field. He is a tough kid as well, we have seen him take big shots and it never fazes him. He will stand in the pocket and take a hit to get rid of the football and has really improved this off-season as a pure thrower. His arm looks stronger, he is throwing a tighter ball and his accuracy has improved as well.
Areas to improve: Chatman is already making improvements in the areas we want to see him get better at. As a pure thrower, he is throwing with more consistency. The next step for Chatman is learning to throw with more timing and anticipation, getting the ball early, before his receiver is open. That only comes from practice and repetition and allowing the game to slow down for him. His reads and recognition looks quicker this off-season and he is playing with a lot of confidence. At 6-0, Chatman is considered a bit undersized for the position so being able to get the ball out quick and moving the pocket so he can see down the field will be key for him to have success at the next level.
Overall Analysis: Chatman is a nice fit for Rutgers on and off the field. He is a talented player who is getting better and better and is not close peaking right now. He will be graduating early and can enroll in time for spring ball next year, allowing him more time to learn the offense and pick up the speed of the defense. In a perfect world, Chatman is allowed to red-shirt so he can spend his freshman year getting bigger and stronger but he is such a competitive kid, you can bet he plans on competing for playing time right away. We love Chatman's leadership and intangibles. He is such a natural leader and will be a strong locker room presence. As we mentioned before, it can never be understated enough, the kid is a winner and will bring that mentality to the Rutgers program and that is always big when you are trying to turn a team around.