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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tech commit Chestnut with FSU interest

By Bob Przybylo

Three-star Texas Tech running back commit Daryl Chestnut (Miami/Christopher Columbus) said he is excited about the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury as Texas Tech’s head coach, but it doesn’t solidify his commitment to the Red Raiders.

Chestnut, who is 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds, said he understands Kingsbury is a great coach because of what he had done at Texas A&M, but he’s not sure how that will translate to his position.

“He’s coached Johnny Football [Manziel] to the Heisman Trophy, so you know he can do great things for quarterbacks,” Chestnut said. “But I’m a running back who wants the ball. I hope I can talk to him soon and figure everything out.”

The sooner that conversation takes place the better it will be for Chestnut. He said Florida State has started to show a lot of interest, and he is very open to the idea of playing a lot closer to home with the Seminoles.

“That would be like a dream come true for me,” Chestnut said. “But I’ve heard West Texas is a really good place for Miami kids, too. This is a crazy business.”

Chestnut committed to the Red Raiders last month but has yet to see the campus. He said he was originally thinking about an official visit to Lubbock, Texas, on Jan. 18 but now he’s not so sure.

He said the last couple of weeks have been stressful, but he’s glad Tech has found its coach so he can make his next move.

“I’ve been thinking about re-opening my recruitment, but I want to talk to him [Kingsbury] first,” Chestnut said. “I want to see what he thinks of me and what type of offense he wants to run.”

One thing that has also been helping FSU’s cause is Miami Columbus teammate Jesus Wilson. A four-star wide receiver commit to the Seminoles, Wilson has been encouraging Chestnut to join him in Tallahassee.

“Jesus has been trying to get me with him and telling me how great it would be to go there together,” Chestnut said. “We’ll see. I have a lot of thinking to do, and I want to sit down with my family by the end of this week and figure things out.”