Central High wide receiver Terrell Chatman wasn’t ready to make a decision when many players signed last Wednesday to open the NCAA football signing period.
Chatman, who committed to Miami over the summer, made it official Monday, signing with Arizona State in a ceremony held in the school’s library.
Miami, Georgia and TCU were among the schools pursuing the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Chatman. Late last week, Chatman narrowed his list down to Arizona State and TCU.
“It’s been stressing,” Chatman said. “When I went on visits I wasn’t focused on make a decision. I like what all the schools had to offer and enjoyed the visits. So when it came down to national signing day I was kind of lost.
“I didn’t want to disappoint the coaches who were recruiting me because I’d developed a relationship with them. I needed some time. TCU and Arizona ... it was really close, but I kept thinking about the opportunities. I feel like I’ll have a better chance to play early at Arizona State.”
Chatman, who is known for his ability to snag passes at their high point, earned All-Metro in Class 5A/4A from The Advocate. He also was an honorable mention all-state selection after catching 52 passes for 687 yards and six touchdowns for a Central team that finished 4-6.
“I’m very proud of you,” Central coach Sid Edwards told Chatman during the festivities. “I think you made the right decision. You’re the best receiver I’ve ever coached and there’s no doubt you’re going to do well.”
The Chatman family and Chatman’s Central teammate were all smiles on Monday. It was a stark contrast from the previous Wednesday when a stressed Chatman huddled in a corner away from teammates Kevin Henry (Oklahoma State) and Cameron Hooper (Northwestern State) who did size.
Chatman’s mother, Inez, noted “Terrell is not the kind of person who likes to call attention to himself.” She wanted her son to make the best decision for himself.
“It’s a been a tough few days,” Inez Chatman said. “Last night he told me he was pretty sure it was Arizona State. And when he got up to go to school this morning he was happy. I asked him again and he smiled and said ‘Arizona State.’ That was all I needed to see.”