Chestnut Talks Pitt

The Pottsgrove four-star defensive back was at Pitt recently, but is he ready to make a decision?

Terrell Chestnut is still buzzing about his most recent trip to Pittsburgh, and although he liked his trip, he confirmed that he is in the evaluation process when it comes to making a decision.

"I'm in the process of narrowing a list right now," Chestnut said. "I‘ll probably get a top five, maybe a little more, but I'm not sure."

Chestnut gave no time table for his decision, nor did he give any leaders. He did give Pitt a favorable grade on his recent visit a couple weeks ago.

"The visit went very well," Chestnut said. "I like Pittsburgh a lot. It gave me a different perspective; how the school is, city life and everything. You look at Temple, it's a different city atmosphere than Pitt. I liked it."

Chestnut's only other trip to Pittsburgh was for a junior day during the winter. He enjoyed his recent trip so much, that he couldn't pick one thing he liked. He got a tour of the team's facilities and a campus tour, and couldn't figure out which he liked better.

"I did everything, I did the campus tour, Heinz Field, the dorms," Chestnut said. "I liked it all. I liked the facilities. The freshman dorms, they were nice. You eat on the top (floor), so you don't have to go far to get your food. I did the academics, the (Heinz) Chapel. It was all real nice."

Chestnut had a chance to meet his fair share of the coaching staff. Brian Angelichio is his chief recruiter.

"Angelichio, Coach Junko, Coach Hafley, Coach Wannstedt, Coach Bennett, there were a lot of coaches," Chestnut said. "Then, Coach (assistant director of football operations Matt) Dudek. He was really, really funny. He's the man. He showed me around. He made the visit."

He even got into defensive specifics, a little, with defensive coordinator Bennett and defensive backs coach Hafley.

"When I was talking with Bennett, he said I have the size to be defensive back and everything," Chestnut said. "Hafley was saying I could come in and make an impact, compete for a spot, things like that."

Also there during his visit was linebacker commit, Ben Kline. Chestnut took the opportunity to pick Kline's brain about what it was like, already being committed to a school--and how he knew it was his time.

"When I went out there, Ben Kline was with me." Chestnut said. "I asked him why he committed. He said pretty much the visit, the coaches and everything. He wasn't recruiting me, but he gave me some good pointers. We saw the city, and got to experience the same thing."

Though he got to spend time with Kline on his visit, Chestnut talks often with a few of the state's other heavily recruited athletes.

"There's Maika (Polamalu), my teammate, and Jameel Poteat--we've been talking to each other since our sophomore year," Chestnut said. "We talk all the time. We're always busting up. Kyshoen Jarrett, those are my guys. Quinton Alston too, even though he's not in-state, he's already committed."

Most of the players Chestnut has met either through combines, 7-on-7 camps, or on other types of recruiting visits. It's a little of everything, certainly with the case of the recruits Chestnut mentioned.

"Jameel, I met sophomore year," Chestnut said. "Quinton, I met him at the Badger Sports 7-on-7. Ben Kline, I met him on junior day. Kyshoen, I ran against him in a track meet."

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