Chichester Waiting To Hear From OSU

Two-sport standout Josh Chichester from West Chester Lakota West has a long list of scholarship offers, but is still waiting on an offer from Ohio State. We caught up with Chichester for his thoughts on the Buckeyes, playing two sports in college, and more.

West Chester Lakota West wide receiver Josh Chichester is still patiently waiting for a scholarship offer from Ohio State.

"No, they haven't offered, but I'm expecting one," Chichester said. "Hopefully it's just a matter of time."

The 6-8, 210-pound Chichester caught 27 passes for 603 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2004.

He already has a solid list of scholarship offers.

"I have offers from Nebraska, Illinois, Cincinnati, Miami (University), Iowa, Boston College, Louisville, Purdue and Pitt," he said.

Chichester is also a talented basketball player who averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. He wants to play both football and basketball in college.

In fact, he is a top-15 player in Ohio in both sports. In the May edition of Ohio High magazine (due out May 5), football recruiting editor Duane Long ranks Chichester as the state's 13th-best football prospect. In the same issue, HoopScoopOnline.com Ohio editor Chris Johnson pegs Chichester as the state's fifth-best junior prospect.

"Yes, I definitely want to play both," he said. "All the schools I listed have offered me in both."

If Ohio State steps up with an offer in the near future, Chichester says the Buckeyes will be among his favorites.

"If they offered, they would definitely be in my top five," he said. "I like Ohio State because it's close and it's a traditionally winning program."

Lakota West graduates Brandon Maupin and Steve Rehring are currently on the team at Ohio State.

As for basketball, Chichester has not had many conversations with OSU head coach Thad Matta.

"I like him; he's pretty cool," Chichester said. "I haven't talked to him very much, but he seems cool."

Chichester has been told his entire life that he is too tall for football and he should concentrate on basketball.

"Yes I have," he said. "But I just say that I like the sport (of football) and I'm going to keep playing."

He has also been told that if he decides to keep playing football, he should consider putting on weight and moving to tight end.

"Yeah, I hear that too, but I'd like to stay at wide receiver," he said.

The Cincinnati-area product was asked for his strengths and weaknesses as a wideout.

"Well, my strength is that I'm taller than most cornerbacks or whatnot and I can jump higher," he said. "I can go up and get the ball.

"And my weakness, I want to get stronger, and I can always get faster."

His best 40 time is 4.7 seconds.

Chichester is uncertain which football camps he will attend this summer.

"I'm not sure at the moment, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to some one-day football camps," he said. "I think I'll be going to Ohio State's."

He is not planning on making a decision anytime soon.

"Probably after football season," he said.

This spring, Chichester is playing AAU basketball for All-Ohio.

He carries a 3.2 GPA and will take the ACT for the first time in June.

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