Mike's Analysis: New WR commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from wide receiver Terrell Chatman last week. Read on for analysis of that from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Terrell Chatman committed to the Hurricanes on July 4 as part of the 2015 recruiting class.

What to Like: At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Chatman gives Miami another big body at the wide receiver position. The coaches have made it very clear with their recruiting efforts the last two years that big receivers are a priority, and Chatman gives them that. At 6-foot-3, he's a physical kid who is tough to handle coming off the line of scrimmage for smaller cornerbacks. He has long arms and has a large catch-radius, which means most balls thrown in his area are able to be caught by him. He has outstanding leaping ability, especially for someone his size. When the ball is in the air, he will come down with it most times and there's no reason to believe that will change at the college level. He should emerge as an excellent weapon inside the redzone -- something this team lacked in 2013.

What may concern you: He lacks ideal speed, which is something most big receivers at the high school level deal with. He doesn't have the ability to simply run by defenders. He's also still relatively raw. He wins a lot of jump balls in high school and still has a size/speed advantage over most of his opponents but he'll have to become a more refined route-runner at the college level to become the player he's capable of. Chatman didn't attend a camp last month, something pretty much all the recent high school commitments did, so they're going largely off film instead of watching him perform live in front of the entire staff.

Bottom Line: When he committed Chatman also had offers from schools like Louisville, Arizona, and Wake Forest so he was being recruited like a low-end three star. He has been on LSU's campus a handful of times but they never got serious about him, and never offered him a scholarship. He became the third wide receiver commitment in the 2015 class, and all three have excellent size (Emonee Spence is 6-foot-3 and Therrell Gosier is 6-foot-5). After signing five receivers in last year's class, don't expect too much more action at the wide receiver position now, even though there are still several key prospects out there. There are four local receivers who are still being actively recruited -- Calvin Ridley, De'Vante Phillips, Devante Petee, and Jovon Durante -- and there's a good chance one of them ends up a Hurricane.


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