Four-star Chestnut Returns from Rutgers Visit

Four-star cornerback Terrell Chestnut of Pottsgrove High (Pottstown, Pa.) spent all Thursday on an unofficial visit to Rutgers. Upon returning home from it,'s No. 4 ranked cornerback talked about his visit, and how much it helped the Scarlet Knights' cause in recruiting him. Chestnut also brought some key family members on the visit, and talked about why he did so.

Terrell Chestnut spent nearly eight hours on the Rutgers campus Thursday during an unofficial visit designed to show the four-star athlete from Pottsgrove High (Pottstown, Pa.) everything imaginable about the school.

A few hours after the trip, which Chestnut said "went very well,'''s fourth-rated cornerback discussed his visit.

"It was amazing,'' the 6-foot, 180-pound Chestnut said. "I was impressed when I went in the summer, but this put it in better perspective. It definitely enhanced (the school).''

The seriousness in which Chestnut approached the visit was evident in the members of his travel party.

He was accompanied by his mother, grandmother, brother, head coach and offensive coordinator. The group arrived at Rutgers at 9 a.m. and didn't depart until 4:30 p.m.

"It went very well,'' Chestnut said. "We took a tour of the campus, we saw the weight room and the locker room and spoke to their doctors. Then we talked the academic dean, and we got a chance to see where coach (Greg) Schiano lives when we drove by his house.

"We also got a chance to sit and talk with the coaches and get to know them.''

Plenty of things stood out to Chestnut, including Rutgers' alumni network.

"I didn't know they alumni were who they were,'' he said. "I didn't know they had a judge on the (New Jersey) Supreme Court.''

Chestnut, who holds double digit offers, recently picked up ones from Michigan State and Duke. He also was offered by Pittsburgh and Penn State, but said there was a reason he chose to take an unofficial visit to Rutgers.

"It's definitely a school I was interested in, and we'd been in contact with the coaches for a while,'' Chestnut said. "I wanted to give my family a feel where I could possibly stay the next four years, and to meet the coaches I would be around.''

Chestnut said future visits will include a similar traveling party, but a busy track schedule will keep Chestnut from making any more unofficial visits until after the season. But he does plan on seeing both of the schools that recently offered him.

"(Michigan State) was unexpected,'' he said. "I didn't think they were going to offer. I only received letters from them, nothing formal. It came out of nowhere in my eyes. I plan on taking a visit. Maybe not now because of my track schedule, but maybe in the summer.''

But the Duke offer was something Chestnut anticipated.

"I talked to one of the coaches and they said they were interested and would offer,'' said Chestnut, who addressed whether he will visit Durham, N.C. "It's a possibility. I will try to go down there.''

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