Nebraska Leaps For Extremely Tall Prospect

When looking at extreme height, the typical prospects you find will be offensive linemen, specifically tackles. What if you were able to have such height at a skill position, say wide receiver? It almost seems like an unfair prospect, but it is a very real one as Nebraska is looking to secure a Midwestern recruit with all the tools to literally live large.

Josh Chichester knows a thing or two about having an active athletics career.  Starring for Lakota West High School in  West Chester, Ohio as both a wide receiver and basketball player, Chichester is being looked at not only for his speed on the field, but his size on and off the court.  He stands at a whopping 6' 8" and weighs in at 210 pounds while clocking in at a 4.7 40 yard dash.  He was named to the All-Conference team as a junior and claims offers and interest from Nebraska, Illinois, Boston College, Miami (OH), Iowa, Louisville and Cincinatti.  He claims no leader and cites his best strength as simply being so much taller than even some of the bigger defenders he faces.

Chichester doesn't claim any favorite school, but has been involved in football for quite some time.  "I've been playing since I can remember," he said.  Growing up, Josh saw time primarily at the wide receiver position and has also been utilized as a tight end from time to time and even spent time at linebacker during his peewee days.  Nebraska took notice of this giant prospect and made sure to get an offer his way.  Josh has received some initial correspondence from the Cornhuskers thus far.  "(They send letters) with pictures of the coaches and players," he said. 

When looking at some of the major factors for his choosing a school for football, he is determined to stay in the Midwest for his college days stating that while his favorites could change, at this point he has interest in no others besides those listed.  Josh also puts his education as a priority stating he wants to find a school with a very good reputation for graduating student-athletes.  Josh will be visited in the near future by two schools with slightly different looks.  Xavier will be visiting with an obvious skew towards basketball while Illinois is looking at Chichester as a basketball and football prospect.  Josh said that if he ends up going to a school that has a football and basketball program, he would like to play both sports.

Josh mentioned that while he doesn't know all that much about the Cornhuskers to date, he's willing to listen to what they have to say.  "I like how they were pretty good back in the day, but other than that I really don't know much.  I'm willing to give them a shot," he said.  We'll be sure to keep tabs with this very interesting prospect in the coming months up until the ever important Signing Day 2006.

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