Chasen Andersen’s official visit to BYU this past weekend went extremely well for the former Logan High standout linebacker.
How good did it go?
Good enough that Andersen verbally committed to the Cougars.
“The visit just went real well,” Andersen said. “JD Falslev took me out and showed me (around), and I really liked it. I thought it was a really good fit for me. I’m excited about going to play there and the football aspect is phenomenal. Coach (Nick) Howell did a really good job with recruiting me.”
Andersen had previously committed to Utah State when his father, Gary Andersen, was still the head coach.
But when coach Andersen left USU for Wisconsin, Chasen decided to look at his options again.
“I talked to (new USU head) coach (Matt) Wells a few times,” Chasen Andersen explained. “Utah State, I always dreamed of playing there since I was a ninth-grader at Logan. When my dad left, it was kind of like, I can explore my options and go check out BYU again.
“When coach Howell came up and visited me, it just kind of felt right. It was not like I was against Utah State or anything, or they treated me bad, but BYU just felt right at the time and it still feels right, so I’m all for being a Cougar.”
And Gary Andersen couldn’t be any happier for his son.
“Chasen has gone through the process and determined BYU is the correct fit for him,” coach Andersen told The Herald Journal on Sunday night. “(BYU head) coach (Bronco) Mendenhall, coach Howell and coach (Kelly) Poppinga showed him much love over the last few months.
“BYU had three home visits that went very well over the last few weeks. I attended one and they were very well prepared.”
All three of Gary and Stacey Andersen’s sons will be playing Division I football next season.
Keegan Andersen, a tight end, will be entering his junior season with the Aggies. Chasen’s twin, Hagen, a wide receiver, recently committed to USU.
“I am very lucky as a father to have all three of my children in quality universities with winning football programs,” coach Andersen said.
Considering Keegan and Hagen are Aggies, coach Andersen still has a vested interest in the USU program, which will always have a soft spot in his heart.
“I love Utah State and that will never change,” coach Andersen said emphatically. “I have two kids of my own attending USU and in the football program. I am very proud to say that. I will be a big supporter of USU long after my own kids have graduated.”
For Chasen Andersen, his brothers have been nothing but supportive of his decision to take his talents to Provo.
“Hagen was with me all the way,” Chasen explained. “He was supporting me and was like, ‘I wouldn’t even care if you went to BYU.’ He’s been really, really good about it. Keegan was kind of shocked. He knew they were recruiting me good, but when I told him, he was kind of like, ‘Really?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I did (commit).’ He was like, ‘OK, good for you. I’m happy for you.’ They’ve been really supportive about it.
“My mom was awesome about it. She came up on the visit with me. She had a hard time going up there at first, but when she went up there and saw what they had to offer, she was like, ‘Yeah, I’m all for it.’”
Following a stellar junior campaign at Logan, one in which he helped lead the Grizzlies to an undefeated season and 4A state championship in 2011, Chasen was expected to have an even better year as a senior.
But he never got the chance.
In Logan’s season-opening game against Northridge on Aug. 17, 2012, the 6-foot, 220-pound Chasen blew out his knee.
As a junior, Chasen led the state — regardless of classification — in tackles with 156, averaging 11.14 stops per game.
Chasen is excited to get started with the Cougars.
“They expect me to come in and try to fight for a spot,” he said. “I’m definitely going to come in and try to fight for that spot. They graduated both of their inside linebackers, but I understand they have two senior middle backers coming back right now, so I’ll have to go in there and try to earn my spot.”
Besides BYU and USU, Chasen had offers from Weber State, Montana State and Montana Tech.