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FSU Commitment Analysis: Jamarcus Chatman and Tre’Shaun Harrison

Mitch White/FSU athletics

National Signing Day is three weeks past and Florida State put together a very good class under head coach Willie Taggart, all things considered.

The Seminoles signed 21 total players and ended up with the No. 11 overall class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. We’ve been examining each of those recruits and what each might bring to the table during their time in Tallahassee.

In what will be our next-to-last piece in this series, we’ll look at two National Signing Day commitments. They are defensive tackle Jamarcus Chatman and athlete Tre’Shaun Harrison.

Jamarcus Chatman, DT

One of the last members to sign with Florida State, Chatman picked the Seminoles over Miami on Feb. 7. Listed at 6-foot-3 and nearly 260 pounds out of Rome, Georgia, Chatman is the No. 508 ranked overall commitment for 2018, according to the Composite. The 3-star is also the 35th best defensive tackle and 53rd best player from Georgia.

What he brings: Chatman played defensive end in high school and there’s some speculation that he could do that at the college level, but the film suggests that he’ll be a defensive tackle. Chatman does a good job firing off the ball and pursues plays well.

Chatman, as required for a defensive tackle, is an aggressive, physical player. He’s a good athlete and never really seems to take himself out of the play. Where a lot of young defensive lineman struggle is with leverage, but Chatman tends to do a pretty good job in that category. To play defensive tackle at the FBS level, Chatman will need to add weight and upper-body strength.

How he fits: Finding the field in 2018 looks like it will be an uphill challenge for Chatman. The Seminoles are already deep with Demarcus Christmas, Marvin Wilson, Fred Jones, Wally Aime and Arthur Williams manning the defensive tackle position. On top of that, Robert Cooper and Dennis Briggs are both incoming freshmen who are more college-ready.

Expect Chatman to spend his first year in Tallahassee adding weight and strength. The good news for Chatman is things will open up a bit in 2019 and 2020. Assuming he’s redshirted in 2018, becoming a contributor by 2020 is probably the best case scenario for Chatman. Competition even then however, will be stout with Cory Durden, Cedric Wood, Ja’len Parks and the two other incoming defensive tackles still potentially having eligibility. Chatman, at this point, looks like he’ll become a contributor late in his career, but there is reason to believe that he will contribute.

Tre’Shaun Harrison, ATH

A Seattle native, Tre’Shaun Harrison is a 4-star prospect, listed at 6-2 and 190 pounds. Once an Oregon commitment, Harrison had been trending toward FSU since Taggart left until National Signing Day when he ultimately signed. Harrison is listed by the Composite as the No. 161 overall prospect and the seventh best athlete.

What he brings: Harrison played defensive back and wide receiver in high school, but there is no doubt that he’ll be a receiver at the next level. Harrison is a shifty kid who is so smooth out in space. Harrison has a way of gliding with ease, but can be a burner capable of stretching the field.

Harrison doesn’t look that big with pads on, but is actually a pretty physical receiver with good ball skills. With pretty good hands, he could be a candidate to play the slot or on the outside. There are a few knocks on Harrison and one is that he does have some work to do as a route-runner. Harrison also seems to try to always make the big play, even if it means reversing field, which worked at the high school level, but likely won’t at FSU.

How he fits: With Nyqwan Murray and to a lesser extent, Keith Gavin, being the only returning receivers with any real production, Harrison could be a candidate to play right away. Other returning receivers like George Campbell, Tamorrion Terry and D.J. Matthews are talented, but haven’t produced on the field yet for varying reasons.

How early Harrison plays will likely be decided by how he fares against other members of the 2018 class. Harrison was one of five receivers signed by the Seminoles, which include Warren Thompson, D’Marcus Adams, Keyshawn Helton and Jordan Young. Thompson looks to have the most college-ready body and game, but the argument could be made that Harrison isn’t far behind. Harrison could contribute right away and could be a candidate to start as early as 2019.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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