Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. In this edition, we discuss if Tennessee commit Jamarcus Chatman joined the Vols as a package deal.
Jamarcus Chatman and Ja’Quon Griffin committed to LSU on April 22 at the Tigers’ spring game. Both came to Orange Carpet Day earlier this month, though, and on June 18, Chatman de-committed from LSU. Chatman then committed to Tennessee a week later.
Will he bring Griffin along?
The two Class of 2018 Georgia teammates attend Rome High School together and seemed to be a package deal.
Chatman, a 3-star defensive lineman, took to Twitter after Orange Carpet Day with praise of the school.
He continued tweeting about the Vols throughout the following week.
Go Big Orange 🍊🔥 pic.twitter.com/l0Db2aW2vl
— Jamarcus Chatman (@ChatmanJamarcus) June 23, 2017
Not exactly hiding his feelings about the Vols leading up to his commitment.
His de-commitment from LSU signals a vindication of Butch Jones’ relaxed feel from Orange Carpet Day. Tennessee received no commitments from the event but did lay the groundwork for possible commitments down the line.
Chatman fits into that idea. Meanwhile, Griffin received a scholarship offer from the Vols on June 16.
— Ja'Quon Griffin (@Jaquongriffin) June 16, 2017
Griffin ultimately will be picking from a much smaller list of schools to play for than Chatman. His only Power 5 offers come from Tennessee and LSU.
Griffin, a 6-foot, 265-pound defensive tackle, rates as a 3-star prospect and the No. 101 player in the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Chatman, a 6-3, 267-pound tackle, ranks as the No. 41 prospect in the Peach State.
So, did Jones recognize the pair as a probable package deal and offer Griffin in hopes of bringing Chatman on board?
Griffin remains committed to LSU, though, and other than the offer before Orange Carpet Day, Tennessee looks to be fine not taking him right now. With 15 commitments in the Class of 2018 already, there aren’t many open spots to fill with the wrong half of package deals.
“If we happen to not play with each other, that will be fine,” Chatman told VolQuest’s Jesse Simonton. “It’s not that must.”
So, it sounds like Chatman may be warming to the idea of possibly playing against his best friend in the future, instead of together.
Tennessee’s recruiting class currently ranks as the No. 6 class in the country and No. 2 in the SEC.
Butch Jones vs. Ed Orgeron
Jones possibly swiping some LSU commits from Ed Orgeron might be the story, though.
Orgeron’s recruiting prowess remains one of his best attributes as a coach.
If Jones out-recruits Orgeron for the pair of defensive linemen, it would stand as a major win for Jones and his staff.
Also, don’t count out the role of new defensive line coach Brady Hoke plays, either. Every defensive line prospect I have spoken to this cycle raves about Hoke as a coach and recruiter.
Tennessee holds commitments from defensive linemen Brant Lawless, D’Andre Litaker and Chatman at the moment and seems to be in promising position for Greg Emerson.
The message to potential defensive linemen proves to be one that works.
JUST GOT A LOT MEANER ON THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE! IT'S GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL #DOM1N8 🔶⬜️🔶
— Brady Hoke (@UTCoachHoke) June 25, 2017
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