Daryl Chestnut Jr. Holds KSU Offer

MANHATTAN, Kan, - Daryl Chestnut Jr., a 5-foot-8, 190-pound running back from Miami's Christopher Columbus High School, was extended an offer from the Kansas state football staff. It was the third Big 12 school to offer the multipurpose athlete and his ninth overall.

"My latest offer came from Kansas State just a few days ago," said Daryl Chestnut Jr. "It came over the phone for Coach (Michael) Smith. I'm very interested in learning more about the program. I'm from Miami so I don't know much about them so I need to get more information and make a visit in the summer.

"When I get mail from [Kansas State] what intrigues me is how much they talked about my toughness more than my speed, and power. I feel like that's an underrated part of my game. They also told me I play hard and that I'm a game-breaker."

Chestnut, who was on a visit to Tallahassee, also lists Texas Tech, West Virginia, Florida State, North Carolina State, Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Western Kentucky. Although he says there's no front-runner several schools have piqued his interest.

"There are no favorites right now," Chestnut said. "Texas Tech, FSU, West Virginia, and Kansas State all standout to me, but I'm not ready to name any program as my favorites yet.

"If I commit early it will be in our first game against St. Thomas on television. I'm looking for a school that's up front with me with a good family atmosphere. I'm trying to find the best overall fit and taking it one day at a time. There's no need to rush my decision. The school who keeps it real with me and is up front and honest will get Daryl Chestnut."

Chestnut rushed for 562 rushing yards on only 44 carries with 9 touchdowns (one by way of kickoff return) in 2011. He split time in the backfield with Lorenzo Woodley, who he calls "his brother" and Brandon Radcliffe.

"This was my first year at Columbus after coming over from Gulliver Prep," he said. "I enjoyed playing against better talent. We faced guys who were 6-foot-6, 25-pounds, who could run a 4.5 forty. That makes you pay attention, but I was up for the challenge."

If Chestnut doesn't commit at Columbus' first game he said he'll likely wait and take all of his official visits. He wears No. 26 for the Explorers.


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