A Rutgers spring-evaluation offer to Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne three-star quarterback Jalen Chatman was a big deal.
The first power-five offer for the 6-foot, 180-pound dual-threat passer was significant enough for immediate travel plans. Chatman picked up a verbal scholarship offer Thursday night. By Saturday, he booked a trip to see the school.
“I'm going out to Rutgers next weekend,” Chatman said. “I'm looking for a good school for education purposes, and I just want to see how workouts and practices go and how the coaches would relate to me.”
Chatman wants to find a home within “the next month or two months” as an early enrollment candidate. Rutgers joins Tulane, Montana State and Southern Utah as schools on him hardest.
“A lot of schools are starting to show interest after (the Rutgers offer),” Chatman said. “The Rutgers offer was very amazing. I'm on the Pac-12 side but (the Big Ten) is a very big deal.”
Chatman worked out in front of Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill earlier this week. They have been in touch since Kill took over the position from Drew Mehringer.
“I've known him for a few months now,” Chatman said. “He just needed to see me throw. We've built a great relationship over the phone, and he's definitely cool. … I saw their spring game, and he said I could fit the offense pretty well. All of my abilities fit.”
As a junior, Chatman threw for 3,926 yards and 52 touchdowns at a 69 percent passing clip. Chatman ran for 622 yards and six touchdowns.
“As a quarterback, my accuracy and the fact that I'm dual-threat quarterback (stand out),” Chatman said. “(I) make plays out of the backfield. I'm a very good runner. I make good decisions.'