Chatman is Pre-Season #1 Running Back

Fullerton (Calif.) College running back Joe Chatman (5-9 1/2, 195) has gone to school all throughout the United States and after graduating from Towson (Md.) High, he matriculated to Orange County in sunny southern California.

The move to the O.C. turned out to be a good one for Chatman, who in his freshman season at Fullerton, was named the Co-Player of the Year in the Mission Conference and finished the season just three yards short of winning the state rushing title. Opposing coaches repeatedly cited Chatman as the best back they faced all year.

Having firmly established himself with the Hornerts, Chatman is focusing on an encore performance which he hopes leads to bigger and better things.

"Recruiting is going alright," said Chatman.  "I've gotten some letters from Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Illinois, Auburn and Florida.  It's been a long road."

A long road indeed.  Chatman has played football in Texas, Nevada and Maryland and when he arrived at Fullerton College, he sat out his first season.

"I came to Fullerton, greyshirted and let the other guys to their things.  Then I displayed my athleticism and it got me onto the field," said Chatman.

All he did was rush for 1,560 yards and 16 touchdowns and accumulated 1,760 all-purpose yards during the MVP season.

On track to graduate in December, Chatman is hoping to sign with a school then and be ready to play spring football in a little less than a year.

"I'll have three years to play two.  Truthfully, from all the letters that I've gotten, I would love to go to Auburn.  They have put a lot of guys in the league, they use their running backs and it's a good school," said Chatman.

There's a good chance Chatman will be a pre-season JC Grid-Wire All-American and could be the nation's most coveted JC running back next fall.



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