Orange add Texas athlete

Syracuse appears to only be a few playmakers away from something special; the Orange celebrated the New Year by receiving a verbal pledge from Texan Nick Chestnut. Chestnut may be one of the playmakers the Orange the desperately need, and he intends on contributing early.

Houston (Texas.) Cypress Ridge defensive back Nick Chestnut (6-1, 175, 4.6) has made a verbal commitment to Syracuse.

"I really like the area up there, the people were all very nice, so I called coach George DeLeone and committed on New Year's Eve" Chestnut said. "I think I can go up there and play early."

Chestnut has a family connection to Syracuse; his sister Ashley is a junior Public Relations major at Syracuse.

"My sister really likes it there," Chestnut said.

Chestnut chose the Orange over offers from Wisconsin, Arizona State, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and others. In the end it came down to three schools.

"I chose Syracuse over Wisconsin and Arizona State," Chestnut said.

As a senior Chestnut earned 1st team All-District honors as a return specialist and as a safety. He earned 2nd team All-District honors as a wide receiver.

Chestnut was also receiving some interest as a basketball player; will he attempt to play basketball for the Orange?

"I'm going in as a football player, but I'll keep my options open," Chestnut said.

Chestnut has heard Texas defensive coordinator Greg Robinson may be a possible replacement for Paul Pasqualoni.

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