Imagine Chuckie Keeton suiting up for Air Force this weekend, and not Utah State.

It certainly could've happened.

"Thankfully (he's an Aggie)," USU offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven said. "Going there and playing against Chuckie probably wouldn't be too good."

No, it probably wouldn't, but that very nearly was the case for the 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback.

Keeton committed to play for Air Force prior to his senior season at Cypress Creek High School in Houston.

That all changed, though, when former USU head coach Gary Andersen and his staff were able to get Keeton to change and his mind and commit to the Aggies.

With USU preparing to face Air Force on Saturday afternoon at Falcon Stadium, Keeton admits he doesn't think about what might have been had he stuck with his initial commitment.

"I really didn't think about it too much until I found out they were on the schedule," Keeton said after USU's practice on Tuesday. "I'm definitely happy with where I'm at now. I know I'm progressing on a completely different path than what I would have if I was there.

"I'm happy with where I am right now and I'm happy to lead these guys into battle."

Keeton said he stayed committed to the Falcons until about halfway through his senior season. On his visit to Cache Valley, the son of Charles and Lavern Keeton attended the BYU-USU game in which the Aggies won 31-16 on Oct. 1, 2010.

That environment helped win him over, but it wasn't the only thing he liked about USU.

"Spending time with some of the players," said Keeton, when asked what helped win him over. "Even though I knew some of the guys were not going to be there the next year or anything like that, it was just the camaraderie that everybody had.

"I was here for two nights and every single night I saw new faces and you could definitely tell there weren't any groups or cliques. It was just a big brotherhood, and that's what we have here right now."

Keeton is looking forward to another visit to the United States Air Force Academy.

"It's going to be an exciting thing," he said. "I'm still going to like seeing the campus and the stadium just like I did before."


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