There hasn’t been a lot of movement in the way of offers, but Bayside (Va.) 2018 three-star wide receiver Armani Chatman has seen a few changes with those recruiting him. He’s seen the coaching carousel create some shuffling with a number of schools.
Chatrman is getting his junior day plans lined up, to get a better idea of the programs and schools, themselves, not just the coaches. Still, it’s difficult not to notice the changes.
“Lately, I’ve been thinking about calls and text messages,” Chatman said. “Duke didn’t offer me because the receiver grad assistant, he left for the Miami Dolphins. I didn’t get an offer from Florida because Coach Gray left. Bama recently talked to me, but Sarkisian left.”
Chatman now sits at five offers, from Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, NC State, Rutgers and Maryland. The Terps were most recent to offer, before the first of the year, but have his attention. Much of that comes from their strong finish to the 2017 recruiting class.
“That’s another Big Ten school,” Chatman said. “They just pulled in three guys from 757, more guys from Virginia and I’m close to four of those guys. That was big. I didn’t expect them to get anybody. I expected Florida, but they did and the coaches reach out to me every day. I heard it’s a good school, so I’m trying to get up to College Park.”
One of those big additions for Maryland was Scout300 wide receiver Tahj Capehart, a one-time Virginia Tech commitment. Chatman has long been linked to the Hokies, but Capehart’s decision, among other circumstances, have changed his stance somewhat.
“I know I’m a priority, it just seems like Virginia Tech, just how they lost Tahj Capehart, I don’t think they’re down in the 757 anymore,” Chatman said. “They came to see me like three or four times and that’s it. You’ve gotta go see them, you’ve gotta go show them you’re interested and you’ve gotta hit them up. From other coaches, they just text me all year. That really shocked me, how Tech personally told me they weren’t coming back to the school anymore and I need to come up there. For kids not as grateful as me, if they can’t come up there, how can they expect to build a relationship with them? I know kids that can’t get a ride up there because it’s so far.”
But Chatman is still very keen on Virginia Tech. Much of that stems from his relationship with assistant coach Zohn Burden.
“I talk to Coach Burden a lot,” Chatman said. “He’s pretty good. I think they’re gonna bring in a big ‘18 class, so they’ll be stacked. I just know recently, that I’ll probably be moved to an athlete scholarship, because of my ability at receiver and safety. I’ve talked to guys there and they just said it’s fun over there. It’s just too much thinking, too much to process.”
For a while, Chatman has looked set to play wide receiver at the college level. Now, he said he’s open to other positions as well.
“I really don’t care where I play,” Chatman said. “I’m pretty even at both. I just think I can dominate all three phases, dominate punt returns, kickoffs and defense.”
Last weekend, Chatman took in a junior day at nearby Old Dominion. The Monarchs might not be a power five school, but Chatman has become quite familiar with the program and school.
“I stand pretty well there,” he said. “They recently just hired a new offensive coordiantor and the original OC got moved to the receivers. He’s helping out with receivers now, so that’s switched up a lot. He actually text me the other day and told me I was the top receiver in Va. He told me I’m a priority, they’ve just gotta worry about the coaching staff first.”
Chatman said he’ll likely visit West Virginia this weekend. He plans to take in a junior day Feb. 18 at either Virginia Tech or NC State, then the following weekend, travel to Alabama’s junior day.