While feature back John Hubert still has one year of eligibility remaining, Kansas State would like to add some complementary running backs who will help fill the void when he graduates. Daryl Chestnut, Jr., out of Miami (Fla.) Christopher Columbus, is one they've had their eye on and would love to get one of the five official visits he's planning on taking after his season is complete.
"I talk to Michael Smith all the time," said Daryl Chestnut. "We have a pretty decent relationship. I like what Coach Synder is doing this season. They're still the underdog. The NCAA may not want them to be number one or two in the country, but they're proved that's where they should be.
"This is my bye week, so I need to try to go somewhere this weekend. I was talking to my mom tonight about Kansas State. I also like West Virginia, Florida State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Miami (Fla.). All of the schools have offered except Miami. There are still some others in the mix, but I want to see a school before I commit to them so I want to take all of my officials. It's just a matter right now of getting the dates set with the coaches."
The Columbus Explorers have wrapped up the Florida District 14/8A title and are 6-3 overall. Chestnut has rushed for 1033 yards on 78 carries with 13 touchdowns.
"This year I'm using my eyes more than my feet," he said. "Obviously playing running back I have to use my feet, but I'm relying on my vision more than I used to. The team looks to me for leadership. I can be vocal, but I'd rather lead visually and keep my mouth closed. I think it's always better to show than to tell. Just talking isn't what a good leader should. He should go out and do his job."
Chestnut, 5-foot-8, 190-pounds, also holds offers from Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Indiana, Kentucky, N.C. State, Utah State, and Western Kentucky. It goes without saying, South Florida is a talent hotbed and many schools from all over the country want in on the pipeline.
"I think loyalty is going to play a big part in my decision," Chestnut said. "I want to play for coaches who I'm comfortable with, who I trust, and who I know will help me when I'm there, so I'm going to favor the ones who have stayed with me the whole way. Academics, of course, are a big factor. Playing time is important, but all I'm asking for is a fair shot to get on the field at my position."
The Columbus Explorers will complete their regular season on November 10th against Miami Killian at Tropical Park.