Three-star California Quarterback Jalen Chatman Previews Rutgers Visit

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne quarterback Jalen Chatman's unofficial visit to Rutgers could be a decisive one. California's 11th-rated quarterback spoke with Scarlet Report about his upcoming first trip to Piscataway and if a decision is coming soon.

Jalen Chatman is first up in a key series of quarterback visits for Rutgers, and the California dual-threat passer is “very seriously” considering the Scarlet Knights.

The three-star quarterback out of Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne is the highest-rated of three Rutgers targets offered in spring evaluation.

“I'm considering Rutgers a lot right now, especially since I've been talking to the coaches more and more,” Chatman said.

Chatman arrives in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday night and returns home late Monday. It marks his only scheduled visit.

“I'm excited to visit,” he said. “I'm really just hoping to see as much as I can – the football facility, the campus, the dorm rooms, the stadium, everything.”

While offensive coordinator Jerry Kill watched Chatman last week in evaluation (they cannot speak in person per NCAA rules, the weekend marks the first chance to meet coach Chris Ash.

“We've been talking more since (Rutgers offered),” Chatman said. “We talk almost every day, and our relationship is good. Coach Ash says he wants me to come.”

Ash and Kill are on the same page in their message to Chatman, who threw for 3,926 yards and 52 touchdowns as a junior to. Chatman also ran for 622 yards and six touchdowns.

“I've spoken the most to coach Kill since the offer,” Chatman said. “He's told me about all of his experience. I like the offensive scheme that we would run. (Kill) likes me a lot and he wants me to be his quarterback.”

With so much praise before seeing the school, could Chatman commit this weekend?

“I don't know yet,” he said. “I need to take the visit.”

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