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Coach says Hurricanes still in play for unsigned wideout: "In his mind, Miami is definitely not out.''

The frenzy of National Signing Day is over.

Well, at least it's over for 99 percent of the high school football players who have inked their pledges to compete for their new favorite college teams.

But National Signing Day is only the first day of an NCAA signing period that runs through April 1.

And for one young man from Central High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he needs at least another day to decide.

Wide receiver Terrell Chatman (three stars Rivals and 247Sports, four stars ESPN), a 6-3, 185-pound senior at Central, was committed to the Hurricanes -- still is, actually -- but was torn between two other contenders, TCU and Arizona State, when it was time to sign his LOI on Wednesday during a ceremony at his school.

Instead of signing when he was unsure, he opted to take more time to think it over.

"I'll be making my decision tomorrow, I've just been torn between my choices and just needed a little more time to make a really big decision,'' Chatman tweeted Wednesday night. 

Terrell spoke to his head coach, Central athletic director Sid Edwards, this morning. I spoke to Edwards afterward.

"In his mind, MIami is definitely not out,'' said Edwards of Chatman. "At first there were four schools in the running, but Terrell eliminated Georgia. Arizona State, TCU and Miami were the three, but he's all over the place. And he's certainly not doing it for the attention. Yesterday was the big attention day.

"My advice was, 'Take your time, but don't let it bleed past another week.'

"The feeling I got is it could be any of the three. He's not letting Miami out of the picture. I would have bet the house on Miami Monday and bet the house on TCU yesterday,'' Edwards said. "This morning the inflection in his voice seemed like Arizona State -- but he didn't say he was leaning toward Arizona State.

"I told him, 'Once you sign with a school you become part of that family, and you're set and can get to work. You'll have peace of mind.'"

Edwards said Chatman "has as much Miami clothes as some people down in MIami have. The TCU pull is because there's an uncle who lives in the Fort Worth Area and his family could drive there from here -- a 6 1/2 to 7-hour drive.

"Arizona State is a curious one to me, but very much alive in the deal. He really enjoyed the trip and the people.

"I've been a Hurricanes fan for a long, long time. But Terrell has a strong family and I don't get in their business like that.''

Edwards said that during the school's signing ceremony Wednesday, Chatman "thought his bet was TCU or Arizona State. I asked him, 'Are you eliminating Miami?' He said, 'I just can't.'

' I think it's because of the relationship he built with Coach [Brennan] Carroll and those guys. He couldn't let it go. We had 1,000 people in the gym and I told him to leave campus with his mother and go eat.'''

Edwards called Chatman "a charming young man,'' and said he was an "under the radar freak of a player.'' The coach said his team didn't have a dominant quarterback and had to use a combination of players to fill the position. Central went 4-6 this season, "our worst season in nine years.''

 Edwards said Chatman excels at "high-pointing the ball. He can jump out of the gym -- and he has speed with him. And for a tall, rangy guy he has lateral movement and can make people miss.''

 This morning, after their talk, Edwards said he told Chatman to go to class because he missed school yesterday, and then to go to basketball practice. After that, who knows?

 I was told by a UM source that the Hurricanes will welcome Chatman if he opts for the Canes, but by the sound of it, that doesn't seem likely.

 The Hurricanes added only one receiver to their class yesterday, the talented Lawrence Cager of Towson, Maryland.

 Brad Kaaya deserves some top targets, which coach Al Golden said the Canes should get next signing class. If they don't start winning next season, however, I wouldn't count on it.

MORE NEWS

  ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay came out with his first Mock Draft today, and guess which Canes he's projecting to be first rounders?

  McShay has linebacker Denzel Perryman going No.24 to the Arizona Cardinals and offensive tackle Ereck Flowers No. 25 to the Carolina Panthers.

  McShay also listed his "top five prospects still available,'' which means, basically, No. 33 through 37 in the draft -- the top five spots in the second round.

  A Cane was also included in that list, with McShay listing wide receiver Phillip Dorsett as the No. 2 among those five -- or the No. 34 overall draft pick.

  McShay has FSU's Jameis Winston as the No. 1 overall pick.

  

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

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