We have another casualty of the 2018 recruiting class. After losing three star cornerbacks Brandon Cross and (officially) Tanner Ingle earlier in the day, Tennessee lost a commitment from three star defensive end Jamarcus Chatman.
Thanks to all those who supported me at the University Of Tennessee pic.twitter.com/N7tB7MJN5K— Jamarcus Chatman (@ChatmanJamarcus) December 12, 2017
Chatman’s decommitment leaves Tennessee with 12 known commitments to this point. He had been committed to Tennessee since June.
As we’ve noted all along, expect more of this. There will be guys that the new staff values less than the old staff. There will be recruits that don’t take to the new staff.
In Chatman’s case, it’s entirely possible that he didn’t fit the system of Jeremy Pruitt — who is expected to bring some form of Alabama’s 3-4 base scheme with him. Chatman is a 6-2, 258 pound strong-side defensive end. I’m just speculating here, though.
I wouldn’t be too concerned with losing three guys today. Pruitt had a really busy weekend, extending plenty of new offers to top talent across the country. Tennessee’s 2018 class currently ranks 36th in the country, according to 247 sports. We’ll see how quickly they can rebound here, with the early signing period set to open on December 20th.