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Today, we discuss why LSU’s defense is selling itself for Florida DE Andrew Chatfield.
MIAMI — Andrew Chatfield enjoyed an early surprise on National Signing Day 2017.
The budding Class of 2018 weakside defensive end landed an offer from LSU. The interest between the 3-star recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and the Tigers is obvious, given Chatfield’s LSU backpack that he sported at Nike’s The Opening regional in Miami.
Already, LSU ranks among Chatfield’s silent top 3 schools.
“I got the offer about a month back, and they’re standing in the top 3,” Chatfield told SEC Country. “I’ve just been liking what I see.”
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) High School is being courted on playing the BUCK in Dave Aranda‘s 3-4 defense. Much like Arden Key, Chatfield would be a stand-up rush end, spending part of the time with his hand in the dirt and other snaps rushing at linebacker.
Area recruiter Corey Raymond is handling Chatfield’s recruitment, which should include a visit to Baton Rouge for junior day on March 18.
“They see me as a rush outside linebacker,” Chatfield said. “Like a non-stop rushing end. I should be OK in that system, and I actually like the 3-4 system. Once I go visit them, I’ll see how it is.
“The 3-4 defense plays a big factor, so I can play defensive end, outside linebacker, and that will be key to see on the visit.”
LSU already is entrenched in Chatfield’s top 3, but the rest is a bit cloudier.
The Florida native hinted that his upcoming visits to Alabama and Ohio State could result in offers, and the Tide and the Buckeyes would comprise the rest of his top 3.
“It’s LSU, then I’m waiting for some more offers to come through,” Chatfield said. “Maybe ‘Bama or Ohio State. I’m trying to visit Alabama by the summer, and visit Ohio State and Wisconsin in the summer.”
Chatfield played along the defensive line for American Heritage, helping the powerhouse program capture a state championship. He’s teammates with fellow priority LSU defensive targets Pat Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell.
Surtain sits atop of LSU’s cornerback wish list, while Campbell has been rising up the Tigers’ board lately, too. Chatfield admitted that the opportunity to continue playing with his high school teammates has crossed his mind.
“We’re like brothers,” he said. “We’re really tight, so yeah, I just know that it would be nice if we all wind up at the same place.”
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