Last month, Bayside (Va.) 2018 wide receiver Armani Chatman made a trio of stops during a three-day trip. That sequence provided a bit more clarity in his recruitment.
Chatman, who still has offers from Virginia Tech, NC State and Rutgers, has another visit this weekend and more coming. And on each stop, Chatman still keeps the same aspects in mind.
“Everything’s still the same,” he said. “Academics, then the football program itself are the most important. I wanna surround myself around winners.”
Chatman’s first offer came in January, from Virginia Tech. And he hasn’t forgotten that early vote of confidence.
“They’re still one of my favorite schools,” Chatman said. “That was my first offer. I love the program, the facilities and the coaches there are great.”
Chatman most recently visited the Hokies in April for their spring game. He plans to get to at least one game this fall and said he’s kept in regular contact with assistant coaches Zohn Burden and Holmon Wiggins.
“They’re just two guys that love my work ethic, how I compete,” Chatman said. “They want what’s best for me, whether it’s Virginia Tech or somewhere else. They wanna see me get to my full potential. They said, at Virginia Tech, I’d work to my full potential and get a lot of exposure.”
This summer, Chatman’s main recruiting involvement took place in late July. He and his friend, 2018 Scout300 linebacker Teradja Mitchell, visited Georgia, Clemson and Florida State over a three-day period.
“Georgia shocked me,” Chatman said. “I honestly thought it wasn’t gonna be a good school at all. I thought it was gonna be boring. I was a big Alabama fan growing up, and half the staff was from Alabama, so I knew they would change the face of the program. Clemson was good. It was better than what I thought it was. I thought it was just a little town, but it was bigger than just that. Florida State was Florida State, one of the best schools in America and I loved it there.”
This weekend, Chatman said he plans on unofficially visiting Penn State. There’s a few areas he’ll especially be paying attention to.
“I’m hoping they offer me this year,” Chatman said. “This weekend, I feel like Coach (Josh) Gattis just needs to see more of me. I know the offer needs to wait, but that’s a big one because it’s close to my hometown, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I’m expecting that to be my first phone call on Sept. 1.”
But Chatman is in no hurry for a decision, while waiting for more offers. He plans on Sept. 10, being at the Battle at Bristol between Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Chatman said on Oct. 1, he’ll be at Georgia, on Oct. 22 at Penn State and on Oct. 29 at Florida State. He also plans on seeing games at Clemson and North Carolina.