New Orleans’ own Cliff Chattman will soon make the ride from Louisiana to College Station, Texas, and begin his collegiate career. The recent graduate of McDonogh 35 is sure of his college decision, but that wasn’t always the case.
Chattman told SEC Country that he felt he “committed to Florida State a little bit too early,” when he gave the Seminoles his verbal pledge in January of this year. A few days later, an official visit to Texas A&M helped sway the 6-foot-4, 175 pound athlete to the Maroon and White.
“I saw a lot of opportunity and everything with them placed in front of me,” Chattman said. “A chance to come in and get playing time.”
Chattman, a 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, enjoyed his overall recruiting process, but advised future athletes to take their time.
“Take all your visits and enjoy it,” said Chattman. “You only get one time to do it.”
If it were up to him, he would extend the number of official visits a recruit is allowed to make. With the number currently capped off at five, Chattman thinks the number should be “at least seven.” He believes it gives players who want to travel to multiple schools in multiple states the chance to see all the programs they wish.
While the program that received his commitment was chosen very carefully and with attention to all the details, he’s much less concerned with where on the field he will be playing for the Aggies.
He isn’t focused on a particular position and wants to play “wherever [he] can fit in” for A&M in 2016. Chattman’s focus is to compete and earn a spot on the team while he works to “make a name” for himself. He wants fans to know they are getting “a great player” and a guy who has “great quality and character.”
Chattman looks at his time in College Station as a chance to experience a “growing up process” while spending time away from his family. In regard to his football family, he has kept in contact with the A&M staff throughout the process, and still talks to his high school coaches daily. When asked about advice he received throughout the recruiting process, Chattman attributed the best piece given to his high school coach, Wayne Reese.
“He told me keep God first,” Chattman told SEC Country. “Keep God first and stay focused.”
Chattman is set to arrive in College Station on May 28.