Louisville in final five for two-sport standout

Lakota West (OH) High School's Josh Chichester, a highly-sought after prospect in football and basketball, has narrowed his list of school's to five and the 6-foot-8, 210-pound athlete plans on playing both sports in college.

Josh Chichester of Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio has plenty to keep him busy. From AAU tournaments, to coaches from dozens of schools calling, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound athlete is becoming overwhelmed.

"I think he is getting tired of the recruiting process," said Lakota West head coach Larry Cox. "There is just so much, plus he is playing in a lot of AAU events."

Playing receiver for Lakota West, Chichester pulled in 27 catches for 603 yards and 11 scores as a junior, while also averaging 14 points and 8 boards on the hardwood.

In mid-May, as scores of scholarship offers arrived, Chichester continued to struggle with the decision of choosing one sport over the other, but according to Cox, the versatile athlete now intends on playing both sports in college.

"He's going to play both, absolutely," Cox said. "All the school's that he is still considering have told him that they will allow him to do that, which is why they are still on the list."

On Thursday, Chichester placed a call to the Louisville coaching staff to inform them that the Cardinals are in his final group of favorites.

"Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Illinois and Louisville are the five he's looking at right now," his coach told Inside The Ville. "He spoke with the coaching staff there and they said he could play both - that's why Louisville is still in the hunt."

Cox credits Louisville defensive coordinator Mike Cassity for the strong impression that the Cardinal program has had on Chichester.

"Louisville is very lucky to have Mike Cassity," he explained. "He is a super coach and recruiter. He told Josh that there is only one school, which happens to be within two hours of his home, that finished the year 6th in football and 3rd in basketball and I think that made Josh think a little bit."

Chichester doesn't have any current plans to attend camps, but Cox said that he'll likely make an unofficial visit to Louisville soon.

NOTES: Lakota West teammates, tight end Eric Monroe (6'6, 220) and cornerback Dexter Mitchell (5'11, 175, 4.45) are both planning on camping at Louisville on Sunday.

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