Maryland has had three-star receiver Armani Chatman's (Bayside/Virginia Beach, Va.) eye for awhile now, but the April 12 commitment of Virginia Beach quarterback Tyler DeSue (Bishop Sullivan) only improves UMD's chances with the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder. Chatman paid close attention to the nearby dual-threat gunslinger's status, and immediately took note when DeSue chose UMD.
"Seeing DeSue commit to Maryland was huge," said Chatman, who holds offers from Va Tech, Auburn, NC State, Rutgers, Temple and a couple others. "That's a big-time QB they got right there. His commitment meant a whole lot to the guys down here in the 757, and also the nation."
Chatman, who is considering playing defensive back in college (he said he's "undecided") received his first look at College Park, Md., April 8. He took in a spring practice, allowing him to see position coach and area recruiter Chris Beatty in action. He also honed in on the receivers, quarterbacks and offensive coordinator Walt Bell's offense in general.
"The highlight of my visit was definitely the practice -- just seeing how intense it was," Chatman said. "They were going at it all day and the players were just competing hard. I think Coach Beatty is a great coach and really has a great reputation for developing guys. We have a great relationship, and it was good to catch up with him again. We talk all the time."
Chatman also had an opportunity to take in the campus, see the coming facility upgrades and sit in on meetings. He spoke to most of the staff too, including head coach D.J. Durkin, Bell, Beatty and more.
"Maryland is surrounded by great coaches. It's a great place with great people," said Chatman, who acknowledged coaches from the Terps, Va Tech and Temple were making a potent push. "You can tell they're really into it, they treat their players the right way, and they care about you. I enjoyed being around them all.
"And Maryland just looks like an amazing place. All they're building there, and the campus, it looks really nice."
Now that he's seen UMD once, Chatman said he'd like to return later during the offseason. He'll also be back at Va Tech, which is a primary contender, and take his first look at Temple. He'd previously trekked through WVU, Ohio State, Rutgers, Penn State and UVA, in addition to Tech and Maryland.
Chatman doesn't have any public leaders at this time, nor is he sure exactly when he wants to commit. More than likely, he'll be choosing a school sometime this summer, although if his recruitment expands during the upcoming evaluation period it could change Chatman's situation.