Chichester Announces Decision To Play At OSU

Bearcat Insider broke the news Thursday evening that West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West wide receiver Josh Chichester will announce his intention to play football and basketball at Ohio State, and Chichester gave public word just a few moments ago during a press conference at his school that he will be playing for Ohio State. Click here for more.

Bearcat Insider, the Cincinnati Scout.com site, reported Thursday evening that West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West wide receiver Josh Chichester was prepared to announce for Ohio State at a press conference set for 1 p.m. Friday at his high school.

Chichester did indeed announce his decision to attend OSU a short time ago at his press conference.

Chichester (6-8, 210, 4.7) is a two-sport star. He is ranked as Ohio's 13th-best football prospect in Ohio High. He is also a national top-100 prospect, ranking as the country's No. 60 overall prospect and as the nation's ninth-best receiver by Scout.com. He is also a highly regarded basketball prospect, ranking at No. 8 in the Class of 2006 in the state by Ohio High.

"I am committing to Ohio State," Chichester told Bearcat Insider. "It's close to home, and I am going to play both football and basketball. I am going to play wide receiver and either the power forward or center."

As a junior, Chichester caught 27 passes for 603 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior in basketball.

Earlier on Thursday, Bucknuts.com interviewed Lakota West coach Larry Cox.

Cox did not divulge Chichester's college choice, saying, "I have about a 99.9 percent feeling of where he is going to go. He has been out of town. He called me and said he wanted to announce it (Friday). He said he would call me back tonight and tell me his choice."

With his height, some have likened Chichester to NFL standout Randy Moss. However, it was not until he participated in OSU's Senior Advanced Camp last Saturday that the Buckeyes made their scholarship offer.

"(Assistant John) Peterson does a good job of recruiting our area," Cox said. "But I really wanted (wide receivers coach Darrell) Hazell to get to know Josh and be involved with him. After all, if he goes there, he would be his position coach.

"Coach Peterson had said Josh deserved an offer, but the position coach would have to see him at camp. Coach Hazell came away from the camp saying he didn't expect Josh to do as well as he did."

According to Cox, Chichester is not a one-dimensional "jump ball" receiver.

"At the camp, he made a move over the middle and caught a pass behind him," Cox said. "I think that showed him what he can do."

Regarding his abilities, Chichester told Scout.com, "I'm taller than most guys I line up against on defense and I think that's a plus. I can jump higher than most guys on defense. I want to work on coming off the line faster and beating people better down the field. I also want to work on my strength."

Chichester listed a final five schools of Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Louisville and Notre Dame.

"All of his final schools agreed he could also play basketball after the football season is over," Cox said. "It had to be that way for them to be in his final five. Two of the schools, their basketball coaches said they did not want a football guy. So he dropped them.

"He has Coach Tressel's support on that, provided he takes care of things academically. Charlie Weis was the same way at Notre Dame, saying they could get that done."

Chichester holds a 3.2 GPA and took the ACT for the first time in June. He becomes OSU's sixth verbal commitment in a class that could number as many as 20.

Click the link below for a look at videotape of Josh Chichester.

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