Chichester preparing for North-South Classic

West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West wide receiver Josh Chichester is in Columbus this week practicing with the South all-star team as it prepares for Saturday's Ohio North-South Classic at Columbus Crew Stadium.'s Steve Helwagen is covering the event and filed this report about the Louisville-bound prospect.

West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West wide receiver Josh Chichester is in Columbus this week practicing with the South all-star team as it prepares for Saturday's Ohio North-South Classic at Columbus Crew Stadium.

The 6-7, 215-pound Chichester is a two-sport star, excelling at football and basketball at Lakota West. He originally committed to Ohio State last summer for football, but, after his scholarship offer was revoked, he signed instead with Louisville for football in February.

"I am very excited," Chichester said. "I can't wait to get down there."

Part of Chichester's excitement centers on the fact he could be able to play football and basketball for Louisville, which is a perennial top-20 contender in both sports.

When asked if football coach Bobby Petrino and basketball coach Rick Pitino were in agreement on that arrangement, Chichester said, "Yes, they're on board with that. I'm going to a good program and I know I just need to improve my game in both football and basketball."

First, though, Chichester will play in Saturday's Ohio North-South Classic.

"I am very excited," he said. "It will be my last game here in Ohio. It will be my last time to show Ohioans what I can do before I go down to Louisville."

He believes he can challenge for playing time as a freshman at UL.

Josh Chichester will play in Ohio's
North-South All Star Classic this weekend
before heading to Louisville for the
summer. (Steve Helwagen/

"Hopefully, I can help them as a freshman," he said. "But if I don't, I still know my time will come. I'm not going to rush into things. I'm just going to let my body develop and take it from there."

For reasons still unknown, OSU pulled its scholarship offer in January. The school never scheduled Chichester for an official visit, either. But he did not allow that situation to get him down.

"I only have positive things about Ohio State," he said. "They did what they had to do and I did what I had to do."

Accordingly, Chichester landed on his feet at Louisville.

"Louisville was one of my top five in the beginning," he said. "I knew I did not want to go far away from home. They were the next closest step for me."

UL returns junior Brian Brohm at quarterback.

"It is very exciting because the quarterback is a receiver's best friend," Chichester said. "When you have good quarterbacks, you can have good receivers. Hopefully we'll be able to maintain that."

Some have speculated that Chichester could move to tight end. But he sees himself as a receiver in the Randy Moss mold.

"My best bet is I want to stay at wide receiver," he said. "If they have to move, they'll move me."

Chichester, in fact, became a three-sport standout this spring. He was all-league in football, basketball and in track at Lakota West.

"Track was just something I wanted to do in the spring because I didn't have anything else better to do," said Chichester, who competed on two relay teams and in the high jump for Lakota West. "I figured why not do track and keep myself busy. I thought it would help me get faster."

About The Classic

This will be the 61st annual Ohio North-South Classic, making it the longest running high school football all-star game in the nation.

Twelve players in the game have received Big Ten scholarships, while at least 41 of the 68 players in the game will play Division I football beginning this fall.

John Magistro of Bellaire coaches the South, while Vic Whiting of Canal Fulton Northwest coaches the North.

Players and coaches from each side are practicing each day this week at Otterbein College. They will also make a variety of public appearances, including visits to Children's Hospital, Columbus City Council and a Columbus Clippers baseball game.

Tickets for the game are $10. They are available by calling Crew Stadium at (614) 447-CREW or by going to the stadium box office on game day.

The game will be televised on a tape delay basis by Fox Sports Net Ohio. It is set to air Thu., June 22, at 8 p.m. on FSN Ohio. It will also be broadcast live by WCLT-FM (100.3) of Newark and on the Internet at

Steve Helwagen, Publisher/Editor of, is covering Ohio's North-South All Star Classic this week.

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