Bloomington – Michigan wide receiver Jamonne Chester is headed to Bloomington in the fall, and he believes there's a very good chance his friends will be following.
The 6-2, 195-pound wideout from Redford (Mich.) Covenant H.S. made his official visit to IU last weekend along with friends Jeremy Gainer and Kenny Watkins. All three verballed to the Hoosiers over the summer, but Gainer and Watkins backed off those pledges to look at some other options.
But after last weekend's official, Chester says he's "100 percent" solid and believes Gainer and Watkins are both warming to the idea of re-committing as well.
"I talk to Jeremy and Kenny on pretty much a daily basis to touch base," Chester said. "I've been trying to get them to come to IU, and I think after that visit, they should be committed, hopefully. I'm not saying 100 percent, but I think IU has an edge now."
That would be very good news for the IU program, which had a great deal of success in the summer in luring a handful of talented preps from Michigan. While Gainer and Watkins are coveted defensive recruits, Chester is an impact playmaker on the offensive side of the ball.
As a high school senior Chester totaled 17 receptions for nearly 400 yards in the season's first three games before making the switch to quarterback for the rest of the campaign. He added another 940 yards passing and eight scores through the air, and totaled 21 touchdowns via the pass, run or catch last fall. He'll play wide receiver when he gets to IU, and hopes to make an impact early in his career.
"I think I have the speed to be an inside receiver and the size to be outside, so I think I can do both," Chester said. "I'm hoping to come in and be a dominant receiver, and I hope I can play as a true freshman. I know it's going to take a lot of hard work, but I'm willing to put the work in to try to become a dominant receiver."
He decided last summer that Indiana was where he wanted to pursue that goal, and he hasn't wavered in that decision. Last weekend's trip to Bloomington – which also marked the first time Chester had ever flown in a plane – only strengthened his thoughts on his original choice.
"I had a great time down there," Chester said. "My host was Tyler Adetona, and it was really good. I got to bond with Coach (Bill) Lynch and the receivers coach (Billy) Lynch.
"It's just a really good school for me. I like the coaches, I like their attitude and the atmosphere around Indiana. It's really friendly and they're always willing to help."
Chester Is Solid, Hopes Friends Will Follow
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