Clifford Chattman calls LSU his “dream school.”
So Chattman, the McDonogh 35 junior safety, decided to end his recruitment a year early after committing to the Tigers on Wednesday morning.
“I always wanted to play at LSU since I was growing up and my dad would be watching them on TV,” said Chattman, who would be a 2016 signee. “Academics-wise they help you a lot and athletics-wise it was a great fit for me.”
Chattman informed the LSU coaching staff about his decision via telephone.
The 6-foot-4, 181-pound Chattman also had offers from Tulane, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, Mississippi State, Georgia, Temple, Florida State and Ole Miss.
The four-star safety is the Tigers’ first commitment since last week’s National Signing Day and is the sixth commit of the 2016 class. He’s ranked as the 16th-best safety in the nation, according to 247Sports.
He can’t make his commitment official until Feb. 3, 2016, which is National Signing Day.
“Right now my main focus is my school work, so I wanted to commit and get that out of the way,” Chattman said.
While Chattman has made his choice, the LSU coaching staff will have to make a choice of their own.
“The question for LSU will be where to play him,” McDonogh 35 coach Wayne Reese said. “He can play free safety, strong safety or outside linebacker. I think they will use him as a safety who they can bring down to play in the box. That’s what (LSU coach) Les (Miles) was saying.”
Chattman also plays basketball and runs track for the Roneagles.
“Once he gets to college and gets on the college weight regimen, he will gain 20 pounds easily,” McDonogh 35 assistant coach Corey McCloud said. “He plays every sport here, so he rarely has any downtime to just hit the weights hard and gain weight.”
Chattman said his last 40-yard dash time was 4.4 seconds.
“He’s long and athletic,” Reese said. “They looked at him on film and they liked what they saw. His best time is ahead of him. They are getting a good football player.”
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