"Coach (Chad) Scott) was recruiting me at Texas Tech, and when he got the job at Kentucky, he stayed in touch with me and told me how much he still wants to coach me," said Miami (Fla.) Columbus running back Daryl Chestnut. "Me and him have a real strong relationship. I text him or call just about every day to stay in touch with him. I feel like we have a lot in common. He was a running back like me, and he is originally from Florida. I feel like I can relate to him. We're going to be setting up an official visit sometime soon."
Chestnut (5-9, 195, 4.45) rushed for 1,108 yards on 111 carries as a senior, averaging 9.98 yards per attempt against the rugged competition in South Florida. He scored 14 touchdowns.
He originally committed to Texas Tech, but re-opened his recruitment when the coaching carousel sent Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati, Red Raiders offensive coordinator Neal Brown and Scott to Kentucky, and former Texas A&M assistant Kliff Kingsbury to Texas Tech for his first head coaching job.
"It's all been kind of crazy," Chestnut said. "I haven't officially de-committed or anything like that yet, but it's pretty much going to happen. I still have an official visit scheduled with (Texas Tech) on January 18th, but everything's open right now until I get to talk to them some more."
Chestnut currently lists a top five of Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Florida State, Miami and North Carolina. "Oklahoma State is probably my No. 1 right now. Kentucky and Florida State are both right there at No. 2, but both could be No. 1 after my visits.I just have to wait and see."
Asked what has propelled Oklahoma State into the lead, Chestnut said: "They have a great tradition of running backs and strong offenses. They had one of the greatest running backs in history in Barry Sanders. It would be fun to go and try to break some of his records."
When noted that was a lofty goal, Chestnut replied: "You gotta set your goals high or they're not worth doing, you know?"
Chestnut said Florida State has a strong draw for him due to being close to home, but added "they've got quite a few running backs right now. I'm not afraid of competition, but I'd like of like to go somewhere that I know they need me right away. That's why I like Oklahoma State and Kentucky right now. They both have a need for a back like me to come in and help as a freshman."
Asked what kind of back he is, Chestnut said: "I can do everything: run between the tackles, run around the edge, catch the ball out of the backfield, line up in the slot, return kicks... you name it.
"I just like getting the ball in open space and making something happen. They say I'm a home run threat any time I touch the ball."
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