He and Stephon Taylor aren’t related by blood, but they have grown close enough through the last few years that they consider each other family. And now that Chattman’s an LSU commit and Taylor has an offer from the Tigers, it’s realistic to think the McDonogh 35 duo will keep it going on the next level.
Taylor even admitted that Chattman’s commitment to LSU has made the Tigers an appealing destination. And Chattman believes he’s close to reeling the big man in.
“I tell him a lot of exciting stuff,” Chattman said. “’Come up there with me and we can ball together.’ We’ve been balling together since ninth grade, so why not keep it going. We’ve got that chemistry…We’ve always been brothers, clowning around and doing stuff together.”
Taylor plans to take a bit more time with his decision than Chattman.
The latter earned his offer during “Boys from the Boot” last month and committed a few days later. He recalls the whirlwind that was that time period…
“I didn’t even know I was going to get offered,” Chattman said. “I was just going up there to go along with the ride. I got called into Les Miles’ office, so I knew something was up. I knew it was about to be something big. I’d been to LSU for camps, but I’d never been one-on-one with Coach Miles. So that was exciting for me.”
That meeting resulted in an offer, and Chattman didn’t wait long to commit.
“I talked to my coach, to my family,” he said. “My mom doesn’t like traveling, so it was the best fit for me to go to LSU.”
Now we just have to see where he fits in the defense.
At 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, Chattman has an impressive frame that could translate to several positions. He thinks he’s still growing too, and he’s added about 10 pounds since football season.
LSU technically classifies him as an “athlete,” the type of player you take now and figure out a position for later. Chattman could reasonably land at either linebacker or safety, and he’s down for whatever.
“I can play both, so I’m not sure where I’ll fit in,” Chattman said. “But I can play it all. They like that I can hit coming down. They like my speed and my size.”
Chattman has spent the winter playing basketball, and he’ll hit the track this spring, running the 400-meter and 4x400 relay. He wants to get bigger and faster for his senior season and looks forward to building a stronger relationship with the LSU coaches.
But the thing he’s most excited about — attending his first game in Tiger Stadium.
“I’m pretty excited now,” Chattman said. “I’ve been there for spring games, but it’s not quite the same. I’ve just seen it on TV, so I can’t wait to experience it in real life.”