Chappel Has a Decision to Make

Despite a verbal pledge to Purdue, Jovani Chappel still took an official visit to Pittsburgh late last week. The all important question now becomes, did the Panthers do enough to cause a change of heart for the talented cornerback?

Jovani Chappel is a talented 5-foot-8, 170 pound, cornerback from Trotwood Madison high in Dayton, Ohio; The Panthers have already received a verbal from Florida corner Ricky Gary, but appear to desire two corners in this class. Thursday, Chappel arrived in Pittsburgh for his official visit; he was in the "Steel City" until shortly after the Panthers victory over Connecticut.

"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."


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