Chestnut Roasting on Recruiting Trail

This has been a busy year for Terrell Chestnut. Combines and showcase events; running track and plenty of visits. The Pottsgrove High star is among the most coveted players in the northeast and it would be easy for the wear and tear of the recruiting grind to get to him.

Not so, says Chestnut, who is projected to play in the secondary in college.

"I am in a blessed position right now and I want to soak it up as much as I can," Chestnut said. "I want to make the right decision here – I mean, it does get a bit much sometimes, but it is something I need to do."

Chestnut is running the 200 meters and hurdles this spring and is looking forward to the league championships and hopefully a run at the states. As soon as track season is over, he plans on hitting the weight room and getting bigger for his senior season. He's also been getting a lot of chatter from college coaches.

Right now, he holds a number of top offers, from Penn State, Boston College, Rutgers and others. An offer from Purdue came in two weeks ago, and right now, Chestnut is taking it all in. Of course, he says that the Penn State offer was a "huge honor" and he likes what he has seen of the school.

"I have been up there a bunch of times, I know what Penn State is all about and I like what they do up there," Chestnut said. "I was up there a couple weeks ago and was able to take it all in again and really see and get to know the campus."

Chestnut said that on the campus visit, he met with Joe Paterno briefly, as the coach was on his way to a staff meeting. They shook hands and spoke and Chestnut said that he has a good feel for the Nittany Lions and what the Big Ten school is all about. There is a definite comfort level with what Penn State has to offer.

"I know exactly where I stand with them," Chestnut said. "They told me that they need secondary help that they will need players like me to come in next year and begin competing for positions."

The prospect in the secondary also dispelled rumors that he was set to commit a few weeks ago, saying that everything is wide open and that he has no early leaders right now.

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