After a cross-country unofficial visit to Rutgers, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne quarterback Jalen Chatman has a commitment date.
Chatman, whose offers include Rutgers, Tulane, UC-Davis and Army, will make his college commitment May 31.
“They were really on me,” Chatman said. “They made sure I knew how much they wanted me at Rutgers.”
Chatman said he has no other scheduled visits between now and his May 31 commitment but he is open to more schools.
Rutgers hosted the 6-foot, 181-pound quarterback on a two-day visit that made Chatman leave New Jersey with thoughts of a return. When asked if he could see himself at Rutgers, Chatman said, “yes I definitely could.”
“The visit was great,” he said. “I saw everything. It was two full days worth of touring the facilities and meeting all of the coaches and everything like that. My favorite part was talking to all of the coaches and talking a bout what they would do with me if I would go there.”
Chatman did not spend time with players – Rutgers is on break before the first summer session. He talked up new relationships with head coach Chris Ash and strength coach Kenny Parker.
“I really like coach Ash,” Chatman said. “He's a cool guy. He has a strong history as a coach and he wants to turn around the program. … Their weight-lifting and conditioning coach is really good. I've heard a lot about him and their weight room is nice. They just renovated it. It's a great facility.”
Chatman is California's 11th best passer after 3,926 passing yards and 52 touchdowns as a junior. Chatman can run but does not have the same size as other Rutgers quarterback targets.
“We talked about the offense and how I fit perfectly in their system,” Chatman said. “Quarterbacks have proven to have success in that system with (offensive coordinator Jerry Kill).”