"I arrived on Thursday and was hosted by Oderick Turner," Chappel said. "The visit was nice; they made me feel very welcomed there. The facilities were great, and I really like their defensive scheme. They have a good system in place there. Coach Wannstedt was great and Heinz field was awesome, and I liked the set-up at the practice facility that they share with the Steelers."
The Panthers current secondary left a lasting impression on the Scout.com three-star prospect.
"I got to talk to josh Lay, Tez Morris, and Darrelle Revis they all seem real close. The chemistry on the team is very good I had a great time with the players. Those guys take their jobs very seriously. They're one of the best secondaries in the big east, but hey are very humble people. I got a good feel for what they do it was beneficial for me to talk to them."
With the pending departure of Josh Lay, it seems as though early playing time is a distinct possibility and often a criteria for incoming freshmen when picking a school.
"We talked about it, but they made no promises. I'll have to compete anywhere I go, but the coaches made sure I knew there were a few openings."
Did the Panthers make a strong enough impression on Chappel to cause him to rethink his decision?
"I knew when I committed to Purdue that I would still pursue other options and that's where I'm at. I have some thinking to do and Pitt will factor into my decision. I plan on making my final decision at the end of the month. I'll be graduating in December so I can take part in spring practice."