Nick Chestnut: Two-Sport Prospect

Syracuse has offered scholarship to Texas athlete whose sister is already on campus.

Nick Chestnut has a decision to make. Does the 5-11, 170-pound athlete from Houston (TX) Cypress Ridge High School go to college to play football, play basketball, or possibly do both? It's an interesting dilemma for the talented DB/WR/QB/PG and it's one that will likely play out into the spring.

At the current moment, Chestnut has been preparing himself for next season in both sports. He recently finished a seven-on-seven season with his high school team, he's been in the weight room, and he's also hit the road on the AAU circuit with his TUAC Warriors team (which is coached by his father) to play hoops. While all that's going on, he's been handling mail and phone calls from universities across the country.

"I've been seeing a lot of people come at me - more for football than basketball, actually," said Chestnut. "Football, I have four scholarship offers already. Basketball, they keep on sending me letters. I'm just waiting it out, seeing what offers come."

The offers that Chestnut has received so far are from Syracuse, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Arizona State. He's gotten interest for his hoops skills from some other places such as Colorado State and Tulsa, and one school is even looking at him as a two-sport athlete. "Stanford's been writing me for football and they said I could play both," he said.

There are some family ties to Syracuse so he's well familiar with the Orangemen. "My sister goes there and we've visited there a couple times," said Chestnut. "It's a really nice town and it's people-friendly. The school itself is a great school, and of course basketball and football-wise it's very competitive. They put people in the league, so it would be a great school to go to."

Chestnut is hoping to take some official visits starting in September, and has some destinations he definitely wants to hit. "Right now Stanford is the big place I want to visit," said Chestnut. "Everyone is saying how it's so beautiful there. I've already been to Syracuse, but I'll probably visit there too officially. Also, probably Arizona State and a couple other schools."

In football, Chestnut has a solid 4.5 forty time and is an effective cover guy who can also make an impact on returns. He was an all-district performer despite the fact that his high school didn't even field a varsity team (this year will be the first for the three-year-old school). In basketball, Chestnut is a do-it-all type of guard who can score, pass, and defend. Recently with his Warriors squad at the Great American Shootout in Denton, Texas, Chestnut helped lead his team to the championship tournament bracket. More of a lead guard than an actual point guard, he's working on his decision making skills. "I can push the ball really well," said Chestnut. "I can see the floor well and I can shoot. I'm a combo guard, so whatever a coach needs me to do, I can do it for them. If I need to be the point guard type, I can be a point guard type, but I can also score. Just whatever the coach needs me to do, I try to help out however I can."

So, the question must be asked - what sport will he choose - or will he try to play both at the college level? "I think football right now might be my stronger sport," said Chestnut. "But basketball is just something I love to do and I can also bring some good qualities to a team and help them out. I don't know though, it's a hard choice for me to decide what sport I want to play. Doubling-up right now I'd say is fifty-fifty. I might, I might not. I'm just going to wait it out and see. I'll talk to my family and my coaches and see what they say and get some advice from other people."

And as far as what schools are at the top of his list, he's still listening to everybody. He's already academically qualified after notching a 1060 on his SAT. "Right now I'm considering every school that's writing me - I'm not trying to cancel anyone out," said Chestnut. "Once I get everything established, once everything is done, I'm going to see what I have and make a decision from there. I'm probably going to commit somewhere around January."

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