NEW ORLEANS — Clifford Chatman had been contemplating his future for several months, and the uncertainty surrounding Les Miles’ job security at LSU was finally the tipping point.
On Saturday morning, Chatman withdrew his verbal commitment from LSU, as the situation became too murky for the 3-star defensive back to risk his future. The rumors were later put to a halt following the Tigers’ 19-7 win over Texas A&M when LSU athletic director Joe Alleva announced that Miles would return as the Tigers’ head coach.
“(The Miles rumors) played a part,” Chatman admitted. “I was hearing rumors that Coach Miles was leaving, and I didn’t want to sit there and overthink myself about what my chances of going there was still.”
Chatman, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound athlete, pledged to LSU back in February.
He has visited Baton Rouge, La. a handful of times since then, but based on conversations with members of his family, Chatman decided LSU was not in his best interest.
“Well, it took me some time to think about it,” Chatman said. “I’ve had several conversations with my family about de-committing as the months went by.”
Last month, Chatman told SEC Country he was generating interest from both Florida and Oklahoma, and took an unofficial visit to the Sooners soon after.
Both remain in the mix, and he anticipates more interest from other schools with his recruitment now reopened.
“They are still in the mix,” Chatman said of Florida and Oklahoma. “I will have to see if any other schools are coming after me.”
Chatman is the No. 32 player in Louisiana and the No. 43 athlete in the nation.