Bloomington – It didn't take Jamonne Chester long to decide Indiana was the right place for him.
The 6-2, 195-pound wide receiver from Redford (Mich.) Covenant H.S. first visited the IU program during spring practice and came away convinced that the Hoosier program was where he wanted to play his college football. IU assistant coach George Ricumstrict had built a solid relationship with the talented receiver and IU's spread attack seemed like a perfect fit, and Chester was ready to jump at IU's early offer.
But after his high school coach Dewuane Jones preached patience, and Chester decided it was best to put the decision on hold.
"I told him back then to wait and make sure it's right," Jones said. "Sit down with your family because this is the biggest decision of your life up to this point."
But as the July 4 holiday neared, Chester decided he didn't want to wait any longer. He called Jones Wednesday night and the two talked for about two hours and the decision was made – Indiana was where Chester would play his college football.
Chester called the IU staff to let them know of his decision Thursday afternoon. Scout.com's 123rd ranked wide receiver nationally picked IU over offers from Toledo, Central Michigan, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.
"He had a good relationship with all the coaches but he really liked Coach Ric," Jones said. "He also made a real good connection with Coach (Billy) Lynch when he was there. He just fell in love with the facilities, and a degree from Indiana University means a lot."
While the coaches were big selling points for Chester, so was the recent wave of recruiting success. In particular, recent pledges from Detroit area standouts Jeremy Gainer and Kenny Watkins were welcomed by Chester.
"Once they committed, they were on the phone talking to Jamonne, and that played a role also," Jones said.
Chester caught 32 passes for 700 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior and is another big get for the Hoosiers.
"I would say he's one of if not the best wide receiver in Michigan," Jones said. "He's going to compete every down and every play. He's a hard working kid who loves the game."
While Chester has the ability to get behind defensive backs, he's also big enough to do things over the middle as well.
"He can do pretty much anything," Jones said. "He's not afraid to catch it over the middle. We throw a lot of fades and deep balls, and he can go up and catch the ball at its highest point. He finds ways to make the first man miss, and he can take it the distance."
Chester, Indiana Get What they Want
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