PROVO — BYU received commitments from Logan High's Chasen Andersen and JUCO offensive lineman Josh Carter over the weekend. Andersen had previously committed to Utah State until opening up his recruitment after his father, Gary Andersen, left the school to coach at Wisconsin.
Andersen is a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker prospect who had pledged to sign for Utah State after sitting out his senior season with an ACL injury. After his father Gary decided to bolt for Wisconsin, Chasen opened up his recruitment and BYU was the beneficiary.
"I really like the coaches at BYU and I get along with a lot of the players," Chasen said prior to his official visit. "It's a unique place, but it's a place I really like and feel like it's a place I could play at and attend school whenever I'm down there."
Meanwhile, Carter is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect who had offers from San Diego State and Arizona — among others — prior to serving an LDS mission.
He was anticipating a scholarship offer when he embarked on his official trip and knew he’d commit the second it was given. Sure enough that offer was proffered, and the Tucson, Ariz. native immediately snatched it up.
"I talked a lot to some missionary companions after I received interest from BYU and decided that I'd definitely go to BYU if they offered," Carter said. "My spiritual development is the most important thing in my life and BYU definitely will help feel that need the best, so it was an easy decision."
Carter flew under the radar following his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Salt Lake City. Prior to his mission service he was courted by a host of West Coast programs and held offers from several programs.
Most of those schools lost interest after he chose to serve a mission, but BYU learned about him late in the process and pursued him.
"I really didn't think I'd even start or even play the year after my mission, but my coach told me early on that he wanted me to play (this past fall). I did and I did pretty good this past year," Carter said. Because I only got back last summer I think many schools weren't aware of me, but I'm so thankful that BYU was."
Carter will play for new assistant coach Garrett Tujague, whom he spoke with frequently during his visit.
"He's a very nice guy and listening to him talk about his experience and how he likes to coach made me excited to play for him," Carter said. "I think coach (Robert) Anae is going to help out with the offensive line coaching, but I really like coach Tujague."
Carter will compete immediately for a spot at center or at right tackle next season. He'll arrive on campus in the summer and immediately get to work.
"Everyone wants to play immediately and there are spots open at both center and at right tackle, so that's my goal," he said. "Right now coaches told me to put on some more weight, but to make sure I didn't lose any speed or agility by putting on extra weight."
While on his official visit Carter enjoyed touring the facilities, attending a volleyball match Friday and a men's basketball game Saturday, snowmobiling and, most of all, just enjoying BYU's atmosphere.
"The facilities are amazing and it was great knowing that I'd get to work out in those facilities as a player," Carter said. "A lot of the recruits there were younger than me, but it was great feeling of their spirit and their enthusiasm to be part of a program like BYU."
Johnson not offered
El Camino (Calif.) linebacker Auston Johnson left BYU without an offer and expressed disappointment via text and through Twitter. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound inside linebacker prospect mentioned he'd definitely commit if BYU offered, but did not receive that offer after Andersen decided to pledge.
Zach Barnes, from Loganville, Ga., did receive an offer, but left his official visit at BYU without committing. Barnes is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker prospect who had previously committed to Tennessee.
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