2009 Intro: Jamonne Chester

Redford (MI) Covenant ATH Jamonne Chester may come from a small school, but there is nothing small about his game. The big physical youngster was one of the better prospects at the recent football training seminar sponsored by ThinkDetroitPAL. GoBlueWolverine was in attendance and chatted with the youngster about his recruitment.

Redford Covenant is a relative newcomer to the high school football scene in the state of Michigan.  Only three years old and with a student body numbering in the hundreds, the athletic programs compete in Class D (the states lowest level).  Because of that, many coaches and scouts may dismiss it as a place to procure talent.  This year, however, that would be a mistake.  The Spartans have one of the Michigan's best prospects in jack-of-all-trades player, Jamonne Chester.

"I'm 6-2, 195, and I run a 4.5," Chester reported.  "I play wideout, kick returner, punt returner, free safety, and cornerback.  We did good (last year).  We made it to the district finals and lost.  I did good.  I had 700 receiving yards, 12 touch downs."

Chester isn't by any means a burner, but he is a physical, sure-handed receiver that can be punishing to opposing tacklers.  He models his game after an NFL All-Pro of similar stature.  He believes fans will see the similarities when they watch him play.

"They'll see an aggressive receiver that runs crisp routes and doesn't take plays off," Chester said describing his game.  "In the pros, (fans can compare him to) Reggie Wayne.  That's my favorite receiver."

While it's clear that Chester is a good receiving prospect, his penchant for laying the big hit could make his ceiling even higher as a safety or linebacker at the next level.  For the time being, though, he has his eyes on offense.

"Definitely receiver," he said regarding what position he wants to play.  "That's where my heart is."

Interest from college coaches has been on the rise in recent months.  Programs from across the region are starting get their feet in the door. The sooner the better for those interested because Chester's desire is not to have a prolonged recruitment.

"A lot of coaches have stopped by my school such as Purdue, Cincinnati, Ball State, Michigan State, and I've heard from a lot of Big Ten schools," said Chester.  "Hopefully before my senior year (he can make his commitment) so I can just focus on playing football.

Stay tuned to GoBlue Wolverine in the coming days for a video interview and video highlights from Chester's junior season.

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