THE WAY the world of recruiting furiously churns, West Virginia football followers might see the name of once-highly touted signee Terrell Chestnut, consider him old news and, by now, a bust.
Chestnut joined WVU after dropping his commitment to Pitt with offers from schools like Miami, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Boston College and South Carolina hanging. But a shoulder injury dogged him.
The deal is this, though: Chestnut is still a freshman, albeit a redshirt freshman. He's listed No. 2 at boundary corner for the Mountaineers behind Pat Miller. And bust? He's now hoping to bust out.
"I'm very excited," Chestnut said. "It's humbling to be put in the fire after an injury like that. It doesn't happen often like that."
It's indeed been a bumpy road so far for the defensive back. Because he's been parked on the shoulder.
At Pottsgrove Senior High in Pottstown, Pa., he was The Man. A running quarterback and defensive back, he was a four-year all-state selection for former Mountaineer player and now high school coach Rick Pennypacker. Rivals.com tagged Chestnut as a four-star recruit.
"I never really counted," Chestnut said, "but I had offers from small schools like Temple all the way up to Florida and USC. I had quite a few.
"Coming in, though, I was very humbled to be in the position I was in. I didn't take anything for granted. Sure, I heard all the hype, but I knew I had to show the coaches what I could do."
Former WVU assistant Bill Kirelawich, now at Arizona, recruited the 5-foot-11 player.
"It was easy to choose here," Chestnut said. "I was committed to Pittsburgh early, but didn't want to be too far from home. I wanted to be close enough so my family and friends could come see me. My coach brought me here and I loved it. He graduated from here and knew I'd be taken care of."
Of his experience with Pitt?
"When Coach [Dave] Wannstedt left, I knew I had to get out of there," Chestnut said.
There was a problem though.
"My senior year of high school I dislocated my shoulder, tore my labrum," said the cornerback. "In January, I had surgery, but the procedure didn't go as planned. I participated in the first week of [WVU] summer camp and still had some subluxation, which is when your shoulder slides in and out of your socket. So I had another surgery, which kept me out of the fall."