Logan linebacker Chasen Andersen in family dilemma with BYU and Utah State offers
At the end of BYU's junior day, the Cougars coaches met with Logan linebacker Chasen Andersen. They liked his style of play, they said, and they wanted to offer him a scholarship.
Andersen was happy to get the offer on Monday, but BYU has now put him in a very unique bind: Should he play for the Cougars or should he play for his dad?
Yes, Chasen is the son of Utah State coach Gary Andersen, who also recently extended a scholarship offer. And the 6-foot, 220-pound rising senior now has a difficult choice to make.
That being said, he's glad to have options.
"I've always wanted to play DI football," Chasen Andersen says. "I would love to play for my dad, but I've also thought about going to one of his rivals and starting my own little Andersen legacy."
Andersen is not just a legacy recruit he's the real deal. As a junior, he led Class 4A in tackles with 156, and also recorded a sack. He's not as big as the prototypical inside linebacker, but BYU coaches said his film reminded them of Brandon Ogletree, a standout in the Cougars defense.
And Andersen hasn't exactly gotten preference either. He had to wait just like any other recruit for offers to roll in, even from his dad.
"He was telling me he was going to offer me for about three months," Andersen recalls. "Finally I met with [defensive coordinator] Dave Aranda, and he offered me. So nope, no special treatment."
Andersen says he hopes to make a decision before the football season and that it will likely be either BYU or Utah State, the two schools he's most comfortable with. He won't serve a mission, but will opt for early enrollment so he can get involved in spring camp.
Wherever he goes, Logan coach Mike Favero says, he'll be a tremendous asset.
"He's a tough physical player with a high football IQ," he says. "He's got great instincts, and he's been around the game a long time."
Andersen says he's worked hard on his agility and gaining muscle for the upcoming season, when the Grizzlies will try to defend their Class 4A title. He's far from the only Division I talent: Utah State has also made offers to linemen Caden Andersen (no relation) and Jacoby Wildman, as well as All-American Bowl nominee Jake Thompson.
With that talent, expectations are high again in Logan. But Favero is mindful that recruiting hype won't get them back in championship contention.
"I think the biggest thing to remember when kids get offered is that it doesn't give you any wins," he says. "We have to raise the level of play even higher, and our good players have to keep getting better."