Fairfield saftey Chennault staying close to home

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Fairfield junior free safety Arryn Chenault said he didn’t want to go one thousand miles away from home to play college football. In fact, the University of Cincinnati always seemed to be his first choice during the recruiting process – and now it is.


Fairfield junior free safety Arryn Chenault said he didn’t want to go one thousand miles away from home to play college football. In fact, the University of Cincinnati always seemed to be his first choice during the recruiting process.

So after driving back home from unofficial visit to Michigan State on Sunday, Chenault made an oral commitment Sunday night to play for the Bearcats.

Chenault (6-1, 180), who also had an offer from Indiana, had strong interest from several other Big 10 schools, Fairfield coach Doc Gamble said.

“He said he wanted to say closer to home,” Gamble said. “He wanted his family to see him play every week or at least every home game. He’s excited about it.”

Gamble said Chenault is a physical, strong safety who is not afraid to hit opposing players. Chenault, who had 30 solo tackles in the Greater Miami Conference last season, is a candidate for playing on both sides of the ball for Fairfield this fall, Gamble said.

“He’s a smart kid in the in the classroom and on the field too,” Gamble said. “His uncle is the defensive coordinator at Princeton.”

Chenault had an interception, 10 assisted tackles and six pass breakups in the GMC and collected some stats a wide receiver in 2008. Although the Indians struggled during Gamble’s first season, the program looks to improve this fall.

“He is definitely one of our leaders coming back,” Gamble said. “He will do real well for us next year.”

Chenault is the fourth Cincinnati-area player from the 2010 class to give an oral commitment to the Bearcats. He joins Northwest linebacker Preston Brown and Lakota West teammates – tight end Alex Smith and offensive lineman Kevin Schloemer.

Chenault, who was named first-team Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association, said he knew the timing was right for an early commitment to the Bearcats this weekend.

“(The program) is on the rise,” Chenault said. “I think UC is a perfect fit for me.”

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