Gary Andersen's sons mulling over recruiting options
It's decision time. Again.
Chasen and Hagen Andersen, twin sons of Utah State-turned-Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen have choices to make.
Utah State? Wisconsin? In Chasen's case, BYU is still calling. Both are mulling over their options after initially committing to play for the Aggies - and their dad. Events have unfolded more quickly than either imagined.
"It came really fast," says Chasen Andersen, a 2013 inside linebacker prospect. "One day it was set in stone, now we're back at stage one. I just got to make a decision for myself."
For Chasen in particular, schools are still interested. BYU has been in touch, as has Matt Wells, as has his father. He'll likely go on a few visits before either affirming or changing his earlier commitment. All the teams would like him to play as a middle backer: BYU has told him they envision him in a Brandon Ogletree role, while Utah State might someday put him in Jake Doughty's spot.
Hagen, who played receiver at Logan High, still has offers to Utah State and could go to Wisconsin. He had once looked at Montana State, and now offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven has moved to the USU staff after a season with the Bobcats.
It's unclear how much playing time might factor into the decision given the Badgers face stiff competition in the Big 10.
Chasen explained on Wednesday that he still has close relationships with the Utah State staff. Linebackers coach Kevin Clune, who coached under Gary Andersen at Southern Utah, has known Chasen virtually his whole adolesence.
"It's nice to be wanted," Chasen said. "It's definitely a different recruiting process. I think my twin brother and I are in the same boat, so we'll have to visit Wisconsin and see if it's a place we want to be."
He's recovering from a knee injury that required season-ending surgery, but Chasen said his knee is improving: He's doing light jogging and sprinting, hoping to get back to the form that made him one of the most prolific high school linebackers in Utah.
The Andersens are keeping their home in Logan, so that would be in play if the Andersen boys decide to stay home. Also, their older brother Keegan Andersen is staying with the Aggies to finish out his career.
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