Fairfield, Ohio, safety Arryn Chenault is starting to see the fruits of his labor come in the form of scholarship offers. The 6-1, 190-pound prospect earned all-conference honors in one of the state of Ohio's most talent-rich leagues and now is seeing his stock rise on the recruiting scene.
"Cincinnati and Indiana have offered early," reported Fairfield head coach Doc Gamble. "Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern have shown interest. They've called and inquired about him and there are going to be quite a few more. The more I get junior film out, the more things are going to come in for him."
Chenault runs a 4.59 40-yard dash, bench presses 235 pounds and squats over 400 pounds. Those numbers combine into a player his coach calls the total package.
"He's a heavy hitter and he'll light you up," Coach Gamble said. "He's probably going to grow into a strong safety in college. He has a great frame and his dad is a big guy and his uncle is as well. He has those genes and great ball skills. He's a pretty good all-around athlete.
"I just completed my first season here and at my last school we were putting anywhere from 4-5 1A guys, mainly skill position guys, in college every year and (Chenault) is right there along with those guys. It's obvious because the (colleges) are jumping on him right away."
Another facet of Chenault's repertoire is his understanding of the game. He carries a 3.1 GPA in the classroom and his coach says those smarts carry over onto the football field.
"He's been around football his whole life, so he's been a student of the game as well," Coach Gamble said. "His uncle is a defensive coordinator at one of our rival schools and he was telling me some of the stories about Arryn watching film with them since he was growing up. It wasn't surprising because Arryn was one of the first kids to ask me for some game film when I first got the job here in early summer."
Chenault does not plan to make a final decision on a school until the end of the summer. He took his first unofficial visit to Cincinnati for their Junior Day and the Bearcats are one of two schools that have caught his attention early in the process.
"I'm real high on UC and Michigan State – they haven't offered me yet, but they are looking at me," Chenault said. "I will probably go up (to Michigan State) for one of their spring (practices)."