By Danny Holmgren
Chasen Andersen, the son of former USU head coach Gary Andersen has decommitted from USU and has announced he will commit to BYU. The linebacker from Logan, Utah will look to join an impressive history of BYU linebackers that includes Rob Morris, Cameron Jensen, Kyle Van Noy, Brandon Ogletree, Jordan Pendleton, and David Nixon.
Growing up in the Andersen household, “BYU” was not a topic spoken of with any fondness. Gary Andersen was a coach for the Utah Utes before taking the head coaching position at Utah State from 2009-2012. For Chasen, a senior at Logan High School, it was assumed that a career playing for his father and the Aggies was in his future. In November, he committed to Utah State. Despite having received a scholarship offer from BYU, playing in Provo was far from Chasen’s mind.
Then things got interesting. In December, Gary announced he was leaving Logan to take the head coaching job at Wisconsin. Whether Chasen would stay committed to the Aggies or follow his father to Madison was uncertain. The six foot, 220 lb. linebacker could certainly have the opportunity to do well at either. In 2011 he led Utah’s 4A classification in tackles. In the first game of his senior season he tore his ACL and missed the entire year. See his 2011 highlights here:
With Chasen’s commitment today, BYU looks to continue its recent defensive dominance. Previous commits for the 2013 class also include Johnny Ragin III, a 4-star linebacker from Oregon.
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