By Jerry Williamson
Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Conference: Sean Taylor Classic Division 2 champions, Northwest Falcons, Jr. Midgets ATH Ja'Ki Chatman
The 5-foot-8, 130-pound world class athlete. Has the numbers this season to be a strong contender for Generation Nexxt' Iron-Man Award -- awarded to last season winner and now, Miami Central RB James Cook. Ja'ki is perhaps the most versatile player in the class of 2020 in South Florida. Ja'ki can catch it, run it, return it or even throw it.
The Falcons' three-way player is primarily a defensive back, and a very good one, but also caught two touchdown passes at wide receiver. Starting at quarterback, the dual-threat threw seven touchdown passes and rushed for an additional seven touchdowns.
On Saturday afternoons, he can either pull away from you or effortlessly track you down, using his eye-catching electronically timed 4.93/40-yard dash speed. Just for good measure, he competes in both the 200m and 400m for the Overtown Tornadoes Track Club and advanced to the AAU Junior Olympics Nationals, after being away three seasons. Now that's speed and upside. His father Lamar Chatman brought it to my attention, he's still a raw athlete, after playing quarterback all his youth years and still learning how to play wide receiver and defensive back. Wait, until you read his "learning" numbers at free safety.
Defensively, he roomed the deep third areas on the field at free safety -- as if he was former All-Pro defensive back Ed Reed. Listen to these numbers, Ja'ki intercepted (9) passes and returned (2) for pick touchdowns; one took place while behind in the Sean Taylor Classic vs. Boca Braves. He returned a pick six for 96 - yards to take the lead and eventually the gane for his team. While teams rarely kick it to him. The one time they did. It cost them. Lining up at punt return, he sprinted over 50 - yards for a touchdown.
Ja'ki can do it all. He's a three-way athlete on the gridiron and a world class AAU Junior Olympics Track and Field athlete. His older cousin his former Booker T. Washington and now, Appalachian State Mountaineers wide receiver Deltron Hopkins.