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  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 31, 2011 2:54 a.m.

    And if he is serious about playing quarterback, he's got some work to do, but it's not it's not unreasonable. He shows pretty good accuracy, even on the run, and he does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield to check off options before running, which is his best asset as long as he doesn't become dependent on it. He lacks some ball speed (but not as much as Jake Heaps did not only in high school, but in his first year of college), but that might improve with coaching. His speed and power speak for themselves and I'm confident that if he plays defense instead, after one year the strength and conditioning program could get him to 225 or 230, optimal LB size, and assuming he has the skills, could be a key player for the team. I'll likely be gone for grad school by the time he comes, but I'm excited about Utah receiving commitment from a great looking prospect.

  • DD JayMario American Fork, UT
    June 15, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    BYU and Utah both play football and their fans are equally ridiculous. This case is now closed.

  • Jute19 Poop, UT
    June 14, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    @Samantha G. You're asking for my excuses? That's funny. The Utes lost. That's it. I don't need an excuse like a rebuilding year. What a joke.

  • showmeyatd's Pleasant View, Utah
    June 14, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    I hope BYU recruits kids while they are on there missions. Why wouldn't they? Not sure why cougar fans wouldn't want this to happen.

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    June 14, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    As a cougar fan who bleeds blue, I can't stand Cougar fans who are not man enough to admit that the PAC 12 is a better option than independence. Believe me, BYU administrators were sick that the cougs didn't get invited to the PAC 12 conference. Come on cougar fans, just admit it. We are bitter about getting passed up.

    I wish the Utes luck in the new conference....I hope they do well and prove that the state of Utah has reputable football programs. I still believe BYU will beat the Utes in September and that BYU is the better program in 2011. Ute fans need to look at the rosters of both teams and be man enough to admit that. Some years Utah has the better program...other years BYU has the better program. Thats just how it is.

  • screenname123 Sandy, UT
    June 14, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    I cannot believe that I keep reading all these posts about how BYU will win him back while he's on his mission. These are the same people that claim BYU doesn't recruit kids while they're out1 PICK ONE. BYU recruits kids while they are on their mission!! You people are all but admitting it!

  • Troll Hunter Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 13, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    He made the right decision, once he gets back fron his mission I don't think he will be able to beat out Mangum.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 13, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    CougFaninTX:

    "Throw in a mission and a redshirt year for Mangum and he's the projected starter for 2016, 2017, 2018."

    While both highly touted 4-star athletes, Hansen is a Rivals Top 250 recruit. Mangum is not. And that's a fact. Despite Mangum having already given the Y a verbal, the cougars still aggressively recruited the higher rated Hansen. and that's a fact too.

    Mangum being recruited/penciled-in as the cougar's projected starter for 2016-18, with Hansen as his backup, is NOT a fact. If Hansen wanted to play at the Y, he would have committed. Had he committed, Mangum would have had to battle Hansen for the starting QB. That's a fact. Whichever of the two would have won the competition is pure conjecture. What is NOT a conjecture is which of these two 4-star athletes is a Rivals-rated Top 250 recruit, and which one is not.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 13, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    BigCougar:

    "Fortunately Utah's low appeal didn't drag the game down even lower than ESPN2 (interesting that Utah St was deemed worthy of the main channel)."

    You really think games on ESPN2 have a lower marketable appeal to games on ESPN? Really? Then why did ESPN put Utah State and Central Florida on their main channel, but relegate Utah and Texas to their "nobody cares" one?

    You really didn't think that comment all the way through, did you?

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 13, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    @ sammyg
    Win 9 bowl games first and 2nd. why is every year the rebuilding year excuses roll in ? Every year is a rebuilding year in the NCAA

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 13, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    Naval Vet | 8:32 p.m. June 11, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Cougar Claws:
    "In 2014, Heaps and Munns will gone, and Hill will be a Senior."

    In all likelihood, Hill will redshirt in 2011, which means we'll be the likely starter in 2014 and 2015.

    Throw in a mission and a redshirt year for Mangum and he's the projected starter for 2016, 2017, 2018.

    There are a couple of solid names to back them up, if needed.

    Just curious, how is in the QB pipeline for U?

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    June 13, 2011 8:45 a.m.

    sammyg,

    Rebuilding year? That's not what Bronco called it and most sports writers said BYU had the talent to win the MWC conference before the season began. You can look back now and try to downplay it all you want, but you can't take back all the predictions and expectations that were published before the season.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 13, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    @Jute19

    2010 was a rebuilding year for the Cougars. They recovered towards the end of the season and won their post season game.

    What was yoUr excuse for losing the most historic game ever played in RES, losing to a bench QB at ND and giving up your 9 game winning streak in bowl games?

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    June 13, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    @swoop13
    Were "ifs and buts" candy and nuts then you'd have a giant bag of Peanut M&M's when it comes to your unsubstantiated hopes for future, not yet scheduled, possible TV appearances.

    Fantasies are fun for 8 yr olds (every 8 yr old ute fan thinks they'll play in the NFL etc but eventually they all wake up to the reality that they'll likely just end pumping gas for an EX-BYU football player).
    However, the stark reality is that you have no appeal on the #1network.

    So far BYU has 5 of their games scheduled on ESPN and 3 on ESPN2. Fortunately Utah's low appeal didn't drag the game down even lower than ESPN2 (interesting that Utah St was deemed worthy of the main channel). Even in the PAC10.2 you dragged your match up with USC all the way down to Versus (almost like you're still on the Mtn. There's a reason teams like Vanderbilt or Wash St get shunted aside onto regional coverage.

    Its a reality you're just going have to get used to. :-)

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    June 12, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    I can't wait to see the predictions of how the U is going to destroy USC. I will be checking the ticker on ESPN for updates, since I most likely will not be able to watch the game. Are any Utah games going to be in HD this year? Oh yeah, when they play BYU.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 12, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    @ Cougar Claws
    ...and you as well. I enjoy the point counter point as eventually we all learn the hopes, dreams , and wishes of the other person.. not just those found in the locker room

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 12, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    @ Cougar Claws

    " Secondly, what about the replay officials? So they had some ineptitude during a football game ".
    Avoiding the very appearance of evil ?
    What were two Cougars doing in the booth?
    That just didn't come across well nationally. BYU does not need that type of scandal as it just reinforces doubt in the minds of the general public of the validity in BYU and it's ethics. Face it.. it looked corrupt and the victory was tainted.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 12, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Re: TheHailstorm

    I'm sorry if that has been your family's experience. There are tons of other schools that are great. There is a good possibility I will attend another school for my graduate degree. BYU's fans should be better than that. I've never claimed to be perfectly christian all the time but I don't hesitate to stand up for the Y when others try to run it down. I don't take serious jabs at the U and if I do here and there it's all in good fun. I don't mind if U fans take jabs at the Y either, it just all depends on if they are just joking around or whatever. Either way have a good Sabbath.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 12, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    @ Cougar Claws

    " Secondly, what about the replay officials? So they had some ineptitude during a football game ".
    Avoiding the very appearance of evil ?
    What were two Cougars doing in the booth?
    That just didn't come across well nationally. BYU does not need that type of scandal as it just reinforces doubt in the minds of the general public of the validity in BYU and it's ethics. Face it.. it looked corrupt and the victory was tainted.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 12, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    @ Cougar Claws
    I do not run down BYU as a school , just the two faced hypocrites that post as good boys but have nasty temperaments and intolerance in others. Both my sister and my wife attended BYU and it is the fans that bother even them the last few years. I lived the standards that were expected while attending the U and went to the institute of religion there for additional classes.
    Hateful and unchristian is what I see from the blue blooded Cougar fans of Utah County. They don't seem to have a problem insulting and degrading those who choose other institutes of higher learning. The BYU honor code firmly states;
    " Respect Others "
    What part of that do you trolls don't understand ?
    Physician heal thyself !

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 12, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    @ Cougar Claws;
    Really and you blue bloods that regularly post here are just sweethearts toward the Utes.
    Physician heal thyself.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 12, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    Re: TheHailstorm

    First of all, BYU won fair and square. I don't know what "loss" you are talking about.

    Secondly, what about the replay officials? So they had some ineptitudes during a football game. What else is new? You do watch college football, right? Do you know how many bad calls/no calls are made by referees in dozens of games every week?

    Third, the replay officials didn't throw the game. The Aztecs giving up 271 yards on the ground did. Since they couldn't stop the run with tackles they had to use facemasks instead.
    Finally, you want to play the church card? You know what disgusts me as a member of the LDS religion are members of the church that attend the U or elsewhere and that run down and say hateful, unchristian things about a CHURCH institution and think that it is okay just because they don't attend BYU and think that somehow going to another university excuses them from living LDS standards. Your standards aren't any different from BYU's as a member of the LDS Church. You might want to think about some of the comments you make sometimes.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    @ Cougar Claws
    Woulda, shoulda, coulda. Can't the blue bloods find anything new to blame a loss on ?
    I notice that not one has addressed the issue about the replay officials in San Diego throwing the game. That was a big eyesore that was embarrassing to me as a member of the LDS religion. My sister lives in San Diego, was a BYU student, attended the game, and was really disgusted with the medias interpretation and their their outcry of foul play. Definitely NOT lovely nor of good report.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    He'll transfer after his mission.

    Mark that down Chris!

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 11, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Re: Naval Vet

    Clearly, you missed the point. This is not about whether or not facemasks are reviewable. If there is a penalty on a play, even if there is a turnover, the turnover is null and void. If you get a turnover illegally, it doesn't count. Kind of like how if you get a touchdown illegally, it gets called back. If a team breaks an 80 yard run because the left tackle was holding, it doesn't count. By your same argument, there is no evidence that the facemask DIDN'T cause the fumble. There was a facemask, no one is disputing that. The flag may not have been thrown for it, but it should have been since it happened. Had it been thrown like it should have been, the fumble wouldn't have counted.

    NOW, the case is closed.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 11, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    Cougar Claws:

    I already told you. "Facemasks" are not reviewable plays, and there wasn't any evidence that the facemask even contributed to the fumble anyway. The "strip" was the culprit.

    The referees did not get suspended for missing a facemask penalty. The replay officials did get suspended for missing the fumble. It's obvious which error was the most grievous.

    Case closed.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    June 11, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    When this kid sees Utah's skid in the two years he is on his mission, he'll be calling BYU. Problem is, if he wants to play quarterback, he'll have to take a number. BYU is loaded at that position for years to come. I think he knows that and chose to play in an inferior program rather than take his chances at BYU.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 11, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    Re: Naval Vet

    If you almost got your head ripped off, you would fumble it too.

    That's why it is illegal.

    So if the flag had been thrown for the FACEMASK like it was supposed to have, there would have been no legitimate fumble, and then there would be no argument or discussion about it, period.

    Case Closed.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    June 11, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    Good to see another great in-state LDS recruit coming to the U. Apparently those things aren't contradictory.

    Welcome to the PAC 12! Go UTES!!!!!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 11, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    Cougar Claws:

    "You forgot about Taysom Hill (who Stanford recruited)..."

    I did not forget about him. Read what I wrote again:

    "In 2014, Heaps and Munns will gone, and Hill will be a Senior."

    ...and Ammon Olsen was even less acclaimed than Kuresa. He wasn't worth mentioning.

    btw: Facemasks are not reviewable plays, and there is no evidence that it even caused the fumble. I'd say the strip had more to do with it.

    Case closed.

  • Jute19 Poop, UT
    June 11, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    Sammy G. Sing me more songs bro. 7-6 vs 10-3. Remind me again who was exposed? Utah State? Really? Keep em coming Y fans.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 11, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    Let's see, if those 3 losses last year to 'ligit' teams (according to Hedgehog) what were the wins against?

    Well, the Utes barely made it by AFA, SDSU and BYU last year so for fun let's call all the wins 'cupcakes' except for a couple, your choice, I don't care.

    So which teams in the PAC 10.2 are legit and which ones are cupcakes?

    Love your momentum going into the PAC 10.2 and your tv schedule!

    This is going to be a fun season.

    @Jute19

    The word 'exposed' is reserved for teams that have inflated rankings and fall off cliffs on national TV like yours did THREE times last year. 7-47, 3-28, and 3-26.

    That single digit offense aka SDO... was awesome!

  • Seattleview Federal Way, WA
    June 11, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    The BYU Salt Lake angle worked pretty well. Good luck to him. He certainly wont be the last LDS kid to pick Utah. If Wittingham leaves and an non LDS coach takes over, it could change quick just like it did in basketball.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 11, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    Re: Naval Vet

    You forgot about Taysom Hill (who Stanford recruited) and Ammon Olsen. That's 4 other QBs he'd have to compete with vs just two that would be graduating for Utah in two seasons. He could easily start at Utah as a junior.

    btw, the referees in the SDSU game may have missed calling the fumble, but they also forgot to call the facemask that nearly ripped JJ DiLuigi's head off.

    Case closed.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 11, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    (continued...)

    Since Hansen reports he plans on serving a mission, he wont likely see the field until at least 2014. If he redshirts, then itll be 2015.

    In 2014, Heaps and Munns will gone, and Hill will be a Senior. Utahs Tyler Shreve will be a Sr, and, if 6-6, 210-lbs Utah QB recruit Travis Wilson signs in Feb, hell be a Junior. And thats IF neither Ute QB decides to redshirt. Hansen will be a year behind the unheralded Kuresa (yawn), and in the same class as Magnum. As it stands now, if Hansen wanted to play QB, hed be more likely to see the field while competing against an equally inexperienced Magnum and unheralded Kuresa than he would have vs. two veteran highly touted Utah QBs in Shreve and Wilson (or whichever other highly touted QBs that may be on Utah's roster that would have signed in the 2013 class).

    Bottom line: "It's the Pac-12. Its big, it's exciting. I still think BYU is going in another direction...the Pac-12 was a can't miss experience...".

    Case closed!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 11, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    I am seriously challenging any Y fan out there to produce any evidence that the Y told him he wouldnt play QB, or that the U told him that he would.

    The DesNews own article Cougars, Utes lead the recruitment for Chase Hansen suggest otherwise. Hansen was quoted saying, Im very open to playing on defense, and I have a lot of good experience on that side of the ball, just whatever is best for me and for the team, Ill do, but quarterback is definitely my first choice.

    So I see no bait and switch promises that jealous cougar fans have been reporting.

    Heres another interesting quote:

    Having [Doman] as both my quarterback coach and as the offensive coordinator there is definitely one of the things I like best about BYU.

    That doesnt suggest Doman was recruiting him to play LB.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 11, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    PSUYB:

    "You are seriously going to come on here and complain about replay official blunders?...Utah escaped with a win over that 6 win BYU team by way of a replay blunder."

    In the SDSU game, there was "indisputable evidence" of a fumble. In the Utah game there was not "indisputable evidence" that there was not a fumble. Big difference!

    In the SDSU game, the replay officials were both cougar alumni. One of whom was even a paid employee of the university. In the Utah game, there were no Utah alumni among the replay officials, and none who were paid members of the university. Big difference!

    In the SDSU game, the replay officials were suspended by MWC officials for bungling an easy call. In the Utah game, no suspensions were meted out or warranted. Big difference!

    "And your right, I was mistaken in my statement that 22 starters were returning. But so were you."

    You certainly were mistaken, but I was not. Lindy's does in fact say that you have 18 returning starters. If there are 19 returning starters, then Lindy's was mistaken. Not me.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 11, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    Given his talents, quite honestly he would be more likely to play QB at Utah than at BYU and I really think that had a lot to do with his decision to join the Utes. Sorry Ute fans. I don't think he was jumping at the chance to play at Utah for a chance to play defense. He wants to try his luck at QB and BYU is loaded at that position for the forseeable future.

    I'll be honest, if he was coming to BYU it would have been as a defensive player. Good luck to him though at whatever position he plays he seems like a nice kid.

  • -PSUYB- Scranton, Pennsylvania
    June 11, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Naval Vet,

    You are seriously going to come on here and complain about replay official blunders?

    Utah escaped with a win over that 6 win BYU team by way of a replay blunder.

    And your right, I was mistaken in my statement that 22 starters were returning. But so were you.

    According to the official BYU prospectus:
    "19 freshmen played for the Cougars at many key positions in 2010. Among 31 offensive and 29 defensive lettermen returning, the 2011 Cougars return 19 starters (10 on offense, 9 on defense) and 14 additional players who have starting experience."

    Hedgehog,

    "I might add that ND followed the Utah win with a pounding of USC (in LA) and U of Miami in it's bowl game. All three Utah loses were to ligit teams."

    Yeah, the same Notre Dame team that was destroyed by Navy and Tulsa? Coming into the Utah game, Notre Dame was 4-5. If that is your definition of "ligit" then you need to get more sleep at night. And as I said before, BSU lost a conference game to Nevada, only beat on decent opponent all year (VT).

    The only legit team Utah lost to was TCU.

  • chadbf SAN CLEMENTE, CA
    June 11, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    I hope the best for Mr. Hansen. He will be a great defensive player for the utes. The Utes might have fed him a lot of bull about him playing QB but anyone who really knows Norm Chow knows he doesn't believe in RMs playing QB. He is very open about his belief of RMS not being good QBS. He has never started an RM QB who ended up being successful and never really given one a fair shot. So either enjoy your mission or playing. QB Norm won't let you do both. I'm really surprised that never came out or maybe he's OK with playing defense.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 11, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    PSUYB:

    "The 2011 team returns 22 starters."

    According to my recent issue of Lindy's Sports College Football 2011 Preview, you have 18 starters returning. You have 18 starters returning to a team that won only 6 games last year. Even if you counted those 2 replay officials up inthe booth as "returning starters" -- and admittedly, a case can be made for that since they did win the game at SDSU for you last year -- that still only amounts to 20 starters returning that won only 7 games last year.

    Pardon us Ute fans if we're not overly impressed.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 11, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    "So if your paying attention Utah is 33-6, lost to AP #2, #6, #9, #11, #12, and Notre Dame (USA Today/Sagarin #19). For a comparison TCU is 36-3 over the same period."

    Uteology,

    I might add that ND followed the Utah win with a pounding of USC (in LA) and U of Miami in it's bowl game. All three Utah loses were to ligit teams.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    June 11, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    Swoop13 | 11:59 a.m.

    "Picture yourself as a 4 or 5-Star QB from SoCal and you've got Norm Chow and Brandon Doman sitting in front of you in your living room. It's not even a fair comparison."

    **********

    I'm glad you feel confident that the tide is turning with this one recruit who probably will never play QB at Utah or any other university. Sorry but I don't think Utah will all of a sudden be competing with Oregon and USC for 4 and 5 star recruits just because one local kid thought he'd have a better chance at getting playing time at Utah vs. BYU.

    As far as Doman vs. Chow not being a fair comparison, I agree. Doman is young, enthusiastic, energetic, passionate and has a great understanding of the game from having played it in the not-so-distant past. Chow played a great role in BYU's success for many years but let's face it, his best years are behind him and I'm pretty sure that most any kid coming out of high school would rather play for somebody they can relate to like Doman.

  • CG Orem, UT
    June 11, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    Swoop13

    The last QB BYU lost to Utah was Scott Mitchell back in the late 80's. BYU is already stacked at QB and, unlike some programs, BYU didn't try to pull a bait-and-switch, promising Hansen a starting QB position, and then switching him to defense as soon as he arrived at BYU.

    Hansen's first priority was playing QB, which is why he chose Utah, because Utah promised his a chance to play QB, although that'll never happen.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    June 11, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    @PSUYB

    Your opinion won't fly, the fact according to both national polls Boise was a #9/#7 team. On the other hand according to USA Today BYU got thumped by #114 USU.

    No, what Utah can be proud of is that last year when we were playing horrible football down the stretch, worst since @UNLV in 2007, they still went 4-3 vs .500 teams.

    So if your paying attention Utah is 33-6, lost to AP #2, #6, #9, #11, #12, and Notre Dame (USA Today/Sagarin #19). For a comparison TCU is 36-3 over the same period.

    In conclusion, facts show you are wrong and Chase Hanson is correct when he says, I love the direction the program is headed. I love the fact that Ill have a chance to play in the Pac-12."

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    June 11, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Swoop13 | 12:06 p.m. June 11, 2011
    ROY, UT
    If it was as simple as BYU telling him "no" in regards to him playing QB, why was Doman his main recruiter from BYU? Does BYU make it a habit of sedning in their QB Coach/OC to recruit a player they plan on using at LB?

    Sounds like excuses to me.

    ***************
    I've read this on here about a dozen times so since so many of you apparently have no idea how recruiting works, let me explain. Recruiting assignments are made by geography, not by position. Since Doman became the O.C., his recruiting assignment was changed to Utah so he would have less travel and more time to focus on his dual role as O.C. and QB coach. So all of you who have been claiming that he wouldn't have been recruiting Hansen if BYU wasn't planning on him playing QB, guess what? You're wrong.

  • -PSUYB- Scranton, Pennsylvania
    June 11, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    KH,

    A legit top 10 team and in the WAC?

    See your previous post suggested that BYU beating WAC teams was not a big deal, because they are members of the WAC. But wasn't your team destroyed by a member of that conference?
    BSU was beat by WAC team Nevada who was beat by Hawaii. BSU was in a 3 way tie for the WAC Championship. And they embarrassed your Utes, the WAC's not lookin so bad anymore huh?

    I agree BSU is a good team, but they aren't a "legit top-10." They couldn't even win the "lowly" WAC Championship. So the excuse for getting slaughtered by them because they were a top 10 team wont fly.
    And ND is 22-27 over the past 4 years. And had a 4-5 record when they humiliated Utah.
    And with the TCU game, #5 vs. #3 should be a pretty even game right? Not. 47-7, with TCU coasting the entire second half.

    I guess you can feel pretty good about beating a 6-5 All-Freshman BYU team by 1pt in your house though. Congrats!

  • -PSUYB- Scranton, Pennsylvania
    June 11, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    KH,

    A legit top 10 team and in the WAC?

    See your previous post suggested that BYU beating WAC teams was not a big deal, because they are members of the WAC. But wasn't your team destroyed by a member of that conference?
    BSU was beat by WAC team Nevada who was beat by Hawaii. BSU was in a 3 way tie for the WAC Championship. And they embarrassed your Utes, the WAC's not lookin so bad anymore huh?

    I agree BSU is a good team, but they aren't a "legit top-10." They couldn't even win the "lowly" WAC Championship. So the excuse for getting slaughtered by them because they were a top 10 team wont fly.
    And ND is 22-27 over the past 4 years. And had a 4-5 record when they humiliated Utah.
    And with the TCU game, #5 vs. #3 should be a pretty even game right? Not. 47-7, with TCU coasting the entire second half.

    I guess you can feel pretty good about beating a 6-5 All-Freshman BYU team by 1pt in your house though. Congrats!

  • KH Holladay, UT
    June 11, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    "Thats funny, especially when you got humiliated by the one Wac team you had on your schedule last season. 26-3 sound familiar? "

    PSUYB,

    We both know that Boise State was a legit top 10 team last year. So you're argument is quite lame. Utah was beat by Boise State (top 10), TCU (Top 5), and Notre Dame. Not too embarrassing.

    byu fans trying to talk smack on last season is just funny considering the records of both teams and the head to head matchup.

  • Swoop13 ROY, UT
    June 11, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    If it was as simple as BYU telling him "no" in regards to him playing QB, why was Doman his main recruiter from BYU? Does BYU make it a habit of sedning in their QB Coach/OC to recruit a player they plan on using at LB?

    Sounds like excuses to me.

  • MidMajor4ever Syracuse, UT
    June 11, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Hansen chose the Utes, get over it. He was recruited by defensive coaches at the U and knows he will probably end up on defense. The notion that he chose Utah over byu because he will play sooner is ridiculous. Utah always has a strong defense, which Chase made reference to. He likes the Utah program better, period.

    bluto, your jealousy continues to entertain me. "Half filled RES"? When did you last see a game at the U? 20 years ago?

    YOu make reference to byu's "national schedule with storied programs".... San Jose State, Utah State, Central Florida, Idaho, Idaho State, New Mexico State, Hawaii... that's over 1/2 your schedule and I don't see any storied programs there.

    Of the four independent teams in college football, only one is part of the BCS (Notre Dame) while the other three are mid-majors (byu, Navy and Army). Independent 1.3?

    Recruits have slipped away from both byu and Utah in the past to play in the PAC-10. Now that Utah is part of the PAC-12, some recruits will favor them over byu because of the conference.

    Good luck to both teams in their new directions.

  • Swoop13 ROY, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    It's going to be HILARIOUS to see BYU fan's excuses as they lose future recruiting battles, especially for QB's. While Utah may be thin @ QB for now, the tide is already turning and Chase Hansen is the first sign of that. Picture yourself as a 4 or 5-Star QB from SoCal and you've got Norm Chow and Brandon Doman sitting in front of you in your living room. It's not even a fair comparison. In fact, it won't even be BYU that Utah is competing with for these types of players with. It will be the Oregon's and USC's of the world.

    The funny thing is, BYU is still trying to hang their hat on winning in-state recruiting battles while Utah's main focus is entering a world where they're going to be fighting for 4 and 5 star recruits out of Cali and Texas against other schools not named BYU. While Utah will certainly still have interest in in-state kids, it's very clear that these 2 schools have completely different futures in regards to the type of athlete they'll each be recruiting.

  • -PSUYB- Scranton, Pennsylvania
    June 11, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    KH, Jute19

    "It's easy to win a bunch of games with a WAC schedule."

    Thats funny, especially when you got humiliated by the one Wac team you had on your schedule last season. 26-3 sound familiar? Those "Girlsy State" boys sure made you look silly.

    What must have been embarrassing is a #5 team being humiliated on National TV 3 times last season. 47-7, 28-3, and 26-3 was it? And then a 1pt tainted victory over your 6-5 All-Freshman rival.

    I do acknowledge that BYU got creamed by Utah State last season. About time, after 17 years of being winless vs. BYU. But as I said in my previous post, that is far from the trend. 2010 does not dictate the future of BYU football.
    Texas also had a down year in 2010, and they played in the NC the previous year.

    Here are the facts:
    In 2010 BYU lost several 3-year record breaking starters ( Hall, Unga, Pitta, Jorgensen, Tonga, George, ect.)
    10 returning starters
    Started freshman at QB, RB, TE, WR, and LB.

    The 2011 team returns 22 starters.

    The results will be devastating on Sept. 17th

  • Judge Smailes Cedar Hills, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Don't get to excited people! Lets all wait and see what happens after he comes back from his mission! a lot can happen in 3 years. Nothing is a done deal until a missionary/player arrives back home.

  • bookonwomen Beverly Hills, CA
    June 11, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    To BYU fans saying he chose Utah because BYU is stacked at QB. Hansen is going on a mission for two years. In 3 years from now Utah will have plenty of depth at QB, so I don't see your reasoning.

  • Swoop13 ROY, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    I also don't understand BYU fans taking shots at Utah for their future TV exposure. First of all, while BYU is on ESPN, you'll almost never see them on ESPN's main station. They will be stashed on ESPN 2,3,4,5 and ESPNU. While these stations are certainly easy to access, it's not as if BYU is ESPN's lead product, so let's stop pretending that they are.

    As for Utah: Yes, tv games are going to be hard to come by for Utah in 2011, but forgive us Ute fans if we're not too concerned. With the new ESPN/Fox TV deal going into effect in 2012, Utah's future TV potential is just fine thank you. Not only that, as Utah starts to earn the status as a solid Pac12 program, we'll get to see games on ABC. What will BYU fans be saying in the future when Utah is on the ABC regional telecast each and every week and BYU is still without a conference and playing their games on ESPN 3?

  • Carson Provo, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Someone needs to tell Sammyg that Duckhunter wants his rubber sheet back.

  • Jute19 Poop, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    Psuyb. Let me guess you said the same thing last year. Keep em coming. This years schedule has Utah State.. How'd that go last year?

  • KH Holladay, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    PSUYB

    It's easy to win a bunch of games with a WAC schedule. It doesn't mean anything though. Congratulations in advance for beating Idaho State, New Mexico State, and four or five other teams like that. I wouldn't chalk up a win against Utah State though. Remember what happened last year? That must have been embarrassing for you guys.

  • -PSUYB- Scranton, Pennsylvania
    June 11, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    Jute19,

    There must be something in the water there in poop, Utah if you think BYU will be going 6-6 next season.

    I think its funny Ute fans try and convince everyone that the 7-6 2010 record is somehow a trend at BYU. With 4 years of double digit wins and 4 consecutive top 25 finishes it is anything but a trend.

    2011 will follow the trend with 10-11 wins. Only real question I see is Texas. All other games are winable.

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    June 11, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    The best player on the Lone Peak team was Tallon Shumway by far. I believe he was just a Soph maybe junior. Thats the player that matters. He could be a Luke Staley at RB or a Jordan Pendlton at saftey or LB.

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    June 11, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    I'm not worried, he'll switch to BYU while he's on his mission.

  • -PSUYB- Scranton, Pennsylvania
    June 11, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    I Still Can't Say It,

    "This is just proof that the Utes are becoming the most relevant college sports in Utah. Utah County recruits are wanting to play in Salt Lake County where the PAC-12 lives."

    It is indeed a sad day for Utah football if fans are basing the entire relevance of their program on signing a 3 star/unranked in-state recruit.
    But you are probably right, finally winning a recruiting battle over your rival is the pinnacle of a very long and disappointing legacy that is Utah football. And it will undoubtedly launch Utah to a whole new level.

    You all have a funny definition of success and relevance. Depending on bigger and better programs to keep yours afloat is not relevance.

    Relevance is standing on your own. Signing an 8yr Independent contract with the single most powerful entity in Sports. Consistently signing top recruits, finishing in the top 25, scheduling games with historic programs all over the country.

    Pay close attention to the 2011 season. Big Brother will show you what relevance is.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    June 11, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Wow, lots of ridiculous comments on both sides about this kid. Fact is, this decision changes nothing. The two schools will always split up the local kids with BYU getting the Lion's share. From last year's Bingham High championship team, Harvey Langi went to Utah but four other kids from that team are coming to BYU. Nobody knows if any recruit will ever even see the field much less become a major contributor until they go out and prove themselves and in the case of a kid who's planning on a mission, that could be 4 or 5 years from now.

    I do find it hilarious that numerous Ute supporters were on here last week saying they didn't want him and he should go to BYU if he wants to serve a mission and football isn't the #1 priority in his life. Now you're on here claiming a huge victory for Utah and making ridiculous claims that this will be some kind of huge turning point in the recruiting battles. I guess you forgot about the 4 kids BYU signed last week or the 2 QB's a couple of weeks ago.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    June 11, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    Going "INDEPENDENT" is not doing BYU any justice.............and playing the WAC weaklings as well!!!

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    June 11, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    Hey Bluto and Sammyg I've got three letters for you...BCS!!

    That's all that really matters here. The kid wants to taste what it's like to play in a BCS game and play in a conference that really means something.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    He'll change his mind after the mission. 2 years of being a door mat will make utah much less appealing.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    June 11, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    @Mormon Ute

    A Utah fan calling out BYU for "discraceful" behavior?

    That is priceless.

    Like the North end zone at the Utah/TCU game?

    Fret not Utes.

    He'll have 2 years to see how Utah performs as the Vanderbilt of Pac 10.2.

    He'll see BYU on National TV, On the "Big Network", 8-10 times a year, while Utah flounders on Fox Regional or the Pac 10.2 TV-Land.

    And he will indeed come off his mission and go back to the U, as BYU will have long ago moved on, and then he will realize what might have been?

    65k fans at LES, National TV every game, a National schedule with Storied Programs, and now settling for a half filled RES with admission being a coupon from taco bell, and perpetual bottomfeeder status.

    Oh the pain..

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 11, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    I repeat... BIG whoop, Utes get a recruit.

    You guys need a QB, deperately as a matter of fact, glad you found one.

    Which radio station are you guys on this fall? Your big coming out party to the PAC 10.2 is somewhat a fizzle and I'm ticked that I won't be able to watch Wynn nearly as much as I did on the Mtn. last year.

    Bet several of you wish the Mtn. was back for this fall. he he!

    I was almost a Ute fan and now this. Thank goodness BYU has your back for one game on ESPN this year. I might have lost interest before 2012.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    June 11, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    Howhard S & Doctor Chris Hill obsessed much are we; nice handles evidencing this obsession. Classic little brother mentality at its finest.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 11, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    The spin doctors from Utah valley are at it again. Either Hansen didn't choose the Y because he was recruited not as a qb but as a linebacker or Hansen "knew" he would never be good enough to be a qb at qbu or after his mission he will want to go back and play for his faith's school or Utah is so very thin at qb that he will play immediately!

    Regardless of what rational the "doctors" might want to believe, I think for their own sanity, the athlete himself gives us his reasoning. All the other "reasons" are just smoke, haze and rationalizations. He picked Utah because it is a PAC 12 school and because of Coach Chow. End of story.

    And, oh, by the way, my prediction is that he will go on his mission, come back play 4 years at Utah on the defensive side of the ball. The young man is an 4 star athlete according to some rating services. Utah with Coach Whit has been successful in taking athletes and making them into defensive stars!

  • Cougar_Independence OMAHA, NE
    June 11, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    With all the QB's BYU has committed already (Mangum from Idaho), this kid would have never stepped foot on the field for BYU. He would have been a back-up his entire career as a cougar. Good for him. Utah needs a decent QB, and it sounds like this kid has got some potential.

    BYU has plenty of QB's to go around. Jake heaps (5-star) > chase Hansen (4-star).

  • Allen#1 West Valley, UT
    June 11, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    Don't you love the gloating by Utah fans and the sour grapes from BYU fans? Now that BYU and Utah are not in the same conference, it will be easier to cheer for both of them (most of the time).

    Wait 2 years while he is on a mission where zealous BYU fans will be able to convince him to go to the BYU...and has tied up a scholarship at Utah as young men love to do when they live in Utah County.

  • DOCTOR Chris Hill Bountiful, UT
    June 11, 2011 3:09 a.m.

    The kid would've been the 3rd best QB in this recruiting class if he went to BYU. That was a smart move going to a program that's suspect right now at QB and has paper-thin depth at the position and the current starter gets nicked up more often than teenagers shaving.

    Who knows, he might even see the field his first year.

  • Howhard S Bountiful, UT
    June 11, 2011 3:05 a.m.

    Wise decision. It's much better to start right away as a freshman than to ride the pine til your senior year.

  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    June 11, 2011 3:01 a.m.

    It was a smart move on his part. With our lack of depth at QB or on defense he can come in and compete for a starting role right away. Had he gone to BYU he wouldn't have seen the field until his junior or senior year (if that). They're stacked at QB, so right away that was off the table. His only chance would've been LB and BYU looks to be very deep there for several years as well.

    Good choice Hansen, we expect to see you on the field as a true freshman this year, maybe even starting.

  • anti BCS Anaheim, CA
    June 11, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    Z2010

    "The BCS is the highest level of college football."

    Sorry, my young padawan, but there are good teams and there are bad teams in every conference, BCS or non-BCS.

    Hansen's first choice was to play QB, but BYU told him straight up that BYU was loaded at QB, so he chose Utah where he was promised he'd at least have a chance to play QB, though I suspect that Utah will switch him to defense the moment he steps foot on campus.

  • Rueben L Folsom, CA
    June 11, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    Some posts claim, falsely, that Utah "baits and switches" with positions. That is B.S. Just like others before him, Chase Hansen will play the position the coaches told him he will be allowed to play, QB.

    For those players who decided to take the advice of Utah coaches to play another position--Paul Soliai, Paul Kruger, Sean Smith all come to mind--I guess all you have to look at is their big fat NFL paychecks to determine if it worked out well for them.

    Yes the kid is connected to BYU. But he is also connected to Utah. His dad played for Kyle Whittingham's father, and several Hansen brothers were teammates and friends with the Whittingham brothers at BYU.

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    June 11, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    This is just proof that the Utes are becoming the most relevant college sports in Utah. Utah County recruits are wanting to play in Salt Lake County where the PAC-12 lives.

    What's more, former BYU guys are professing their preference for the Utes when it comes to football. See Vai's column about his chillin' with Ute athletes recently.

    The future is the Utes!

  • One Nil to the Arsenal! Gilbert, AZ
    June 11, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    I'm sure the kid wants an opportunity to play in a BCS bowl. Utah gives him the best chance to do that. BYU has the worst access to Playing in a BCS bowl than any other team in the country. They are eligible for a BCS bowl if they finish in the top 14 of the final standings. Remember, Boise was eligible last year as well (we all know the love Boise State got last year.....and BYU is no Boise State). BYU is only guaranteed a BCS bowl if they finish # 1 or 2 in the final standings. Same deal that Army & Navy got. Utah could lose two games and still play in the Rose bowl. This kid made the right decision. You can have all the exposure on ESPN that you want, but it still doesn't change the fact that you will have a hard time signing 3 and 4 star non LDS recruits to come to Provo. The Davies incident was not good "exposure" for you guys, and now your losing Utah Valley recruits to the U.....doesn't look good.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 10, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    @failstorm

    This is right out of your post.

    "Quarterback is my first choice"

    There you go. BYU told him no and utah told him yes. That seems to make it pretty clear cut. He obviously realizes he is a long shot to play qb but he still wants to and the utes told him he could try.

    Not really sure why that is an issue for you, it isn't for me.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    June 10, 2011 11:23 p.m.

    Looks like a great athlete and a great kid. Hope he has a ton of success.

  • Z2010 Brigham City, UT
    June 10, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    The BCS is the highest level of college football. If you are good enough to receive offers from a BCS school, and want to play at the highest level then pick the BCS offer. Why settle for less than the best? Great choice by Hansen.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    June 10, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    Gotta love the spin on this one that BYU fans are saying they didn't really want or need him since he wants to play QB. All I know is the kid is a stud athlete and as such he will find a way to get on the field regardless of what position he plays.

    Face it Cougar fans you lost out on a key recruit in your own backyard. Get used to it!! Blue chip recruits want the exposure of playing in the PAC 12 and most couldn't care less about your independence and playing in your conference of irrelevance!!!!

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    June 10, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    He would have been a back-up anyway at BYU - there are too many other better quarterbacks on the Cougar roster and the pipeline is full. Nothing lost.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    June 10, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    All you BYU fans who think he will change his mind while on his mission, think again. Coach Wittingham knows how to keep kids interested while there out serving the Lord. He's proven that many times.

    As for the few of you suggesting BYU will actually recruit him while he is serving, you've done a great job of disgracing yourselves and your school.

    Congratulations to Chase and I look forward to seeing you play no matter which side of the ball you end up on.

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    June 10, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    Bronco once said BYU will get "all" of the quality in-state recruits. Boy, how things have changed. Now BYU can't even hold its own in Utah County.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 10, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    I find it awfully "convenient" that cougar fans all of a sudden know exactly what positions this young man was recruited for. Especially since the only reports where U or Y coaches made any such warnings or assurances were presented on the comment boards on the Trib and DNews, and didn't surface until AFTER Hansen spurned the Y.

    Not to mention that Hansen was recruited Brandon Doman, the former Y QBs coach and current Offensive Coordinator. Or that he was recruited by Jay Hill, the U's DB/Special Teams coach who had always been on the Ute's Defensive side of the ball; from his playing days thru his current occupation on the Utah coaching staff.

    And I've been especially amused that some cougar fan, who lives all the way out in Scranton, PA, was soooo dialed in to Hansen and the rest of the cougar program, that he would know for sure what influences this 4-star athlete measured in his decision to Choose The Red.

    Admit it cougs. His hand wasn't forced. He could have played at either school, but he preferred the U. And that makes you insanely bitter and jealous.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 10, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    Duckhunter;
    Did you even read the article ?
    Here let me help;
    Quarterback is my first choice, but Utah plays an exciting defense, and Id love to play defense for them as well, he said. Either way, Ill be part of a program that is really going in the right direction. Its an exciting time to be at Utah, and I look forward to being part of that program. I cant wait.
    You blue bloods really should hold off on the excuses, you guys may burn them up before the seasons start.
    Here are some of my favorites.. " It was a rebuilding year,the honor code restricts our choices, the refs robbed us "..( see Bronco @ UCLA )
    and on and on and on.
    Her is the simple version of the story.
    He had a choice and decided to play for the Utes.

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    June 10, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    Sorry Cougar fans, it's a new era. The future is the Utes -- in the state, in the West, and throughout the nation. And yep, the Utes will dominate the recruiting seen in Utah County too.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    June 10, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    I am glad he plays football, if it were basketball he would not be recruited because of his desire to go on a mission.

  • bballjunkie Cedar Hills, UT
    June 10, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    Its all about the hope to play QB, if BYU would have recruited him as a QB and he new that he wasn't behind all the outstanding ones we had and will have in the future he would have committed to the Y. I wish him all the luck I know this kid and he is still a great kid even if I don't like his choice.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    June 10, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    Whatever makes you feel better Duck. I want the kid to play defense anyway. It sounds like he doesn't care either, he's just considering the best program.

    Go Utes!

  • BYU still rules Nephi, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    BYU fans quit trying to spin this by saying he wanted to play qb and knew he wouldn't at BYU. You have no idea what his thoughts are and you are making yourselves look like idiots. Bottom line, he chose Utah...period. Wish him luck and move on. If he's anything like his brothers and uncles you better hope he does play quarterback.

  • seer kaysville, ut
    June 10, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    2 years is a long time. Many things can happen while this youngster is out. I hope the Utes can keep there eye on him....he may be gone before they know it. LOL!

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    Bluto... do you realize that sammyg is a Y fan, and that his post was a sarcastic one bashing Utah?

    Ha ha ha. We've even got Y fans at each other on this thing. Way to go blutes.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    @utahcountyute

    It is simple, he wants to play qb and utah told him they would let him try. BYU told him that he would not play qb for them but they wanted him to play defense. We'll see if he does play qb for utah but I doubt it as his arm is not D1 quality. He is definately a D1 quality athlete though. This doesn't surprise me as BYU has been telling him all along that he would not play qb for them. He had to go to the place that promised him the opportunity even if it is a long shot.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    This kid's dad played for byU and is going to go on a mission and yet will choose the U over the y?

    Inconceivable!

    Ducky? Where are you Ducky? I think I have read your opinion about a million times about all those kids that are good LDS kids that dream of going to byU. The kid is not from the WVC either, but your own neighborhood! lol

    Inconceivable!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    @big soccer

    "For the better part of these comments there wasn't any back biting or bad talk, but then Duckhunter as usual and Chris B have to start writing stupid thin"

    I haven't even made a comment on this article until this one. Who is the one writing stupid things?

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    @NavalVet

    After you are finished with your pitch on how the U's games on Versus and FSN(Fox Regional)are National Games, equivalent to ESPN, maybe you can follow that up with the U's preparations being taken to prepare for residency in a neighborhood consisting of Iowa State, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Baylor, Washington State, Rutgers, Wake Forrest etc.

    And then a maybe power point presentation on why the Networks would have any more interest in televising No-Brand-Utah games next year, than they do this year?

    This should be fun. Next, will you market our Arkansas Ski Resort?

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    @sammyg

    Big whoop you got a recruit!

    check him out on kutv, kjzz or fox regional.

    Or next year, pac 10.2 Network, not on Basic Tier and a premium channel to boot, ala the Big Ten Network.

    And sadly, no ESPN.

    Obscurity here U come.

  • ZelphExists Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    Naval Vet:

    Yerffoegn is probably Ajarizona over on the Trib.

    I can't understand how BYU fans fail to see that EVERY game for Utah will be televised next year. But congrats BYU! You already have more TV appearances this year than you had wins last year.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    June 10, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    With BYU around 12 deep at qtrback I'd say his chances of starting weren't very good unless he wanted to play linbacker or cornerback...Obviously he chose Utah where there isn't such stiff competition so I wish him luck in his career. He's definitely a good player so he should do well for the Utes down the road.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 10, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    Yerffoegn:

    "The PAC12 networks have spoken, and they couldn't care less about UTe football. This year or next. The schedule has been reviewed and the Ute's were given two national slots on two obsure networks."

    Next year's schedule hasn't been put set up yet, so you can't speak intelligently beyond the 2011 season.

    As for 2011, Utah has been given 3 games; not 2. And there is nothing obscure about ESPN 2, FSN, or Vs. At least not back here in Philadelphia.

    With 22 addi'l games yet unscheduled for the 2011 season, Utah still has more televised games booked than Washington, OSU, and Wash. St., equal the number of games as Cal and ASU, and one fewer game than Stanford, Arizona, UCLA, and Colorado. So apart from USC and Oregon, we're still pretty much right on par with our new conference brethren.

    For 2012, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott had projected every team would have all of their games televised on ESPN [and associated networks], FSN [and associated networks], and the to-be-completed Pac-12 Network. Every game.

  • SoCalUtahFan Utesville, CA
    June 10, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    @bigutefan | 6:06 p.m. June 10, 2011
    "...I just hope Kyle keeps an eye on this one, you know who likes to contact players on their missions, you did choose the right Chase! ..."

    better have him cross all T's, dot all I and sign/initial on all X so there is no loop holes left for any sneaking coaches...

    Go Utes!!!
    The Sky is the limit!!!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    June 10, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    I posted on this earlier today and left this report as a 'been here read that story' so to speak.

    Well I am online again, and saw the Chase headline flash as a big story from my homepage.

    Just for curiosity, I checked it out to see if it was the same piece or some new news.

    It blows me away that there are over 100 comments and six pages of them at that. Given that this is a new story, I can only imagine how many comments will be posted by bedtime.

    Look, Chase Hansen is a good signing for my Utes. However, slow down y'all. No matter how many stars somebody has, it may end up a boo raw raw later on. I hope Utah is a great fit for Chase and Chase for the Utes, but right now it's just another signing of a guy with flare and a mission to serve yet.

  • WestCoast1 Escondido, CA
    June 10, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    Welcome to the PAC-12, Chase! It will be great to see you playing the teams out here in So. Cal. Utah has a great program, and will definitely be in the hunt for a PAC-12 title and trip to the Rose Bowl. Good luck!

  • MichiganCoog Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    Don't kid yourself UTE fans, BYU does not got out an recruit others players...besides, the same thing has happened to BYU, many times over...case-in-point, look no further than Jake Murphy...I would'nt go out and say that Kyle went out and undermined BYU for Jake, Jake made his own decision...just like this Utah B-ball recruit that just switched to BYU.

    The next question, is why would BYU waste any time going after him, if they already lost him? Now, if he changes his mind, and decides to come back to LB heaven at BYU, then we'll be glad to have him...no matter, many more like him are out there to be found. Good luck Utes, hopefully in makes a great QB for you, cuse the cupboard is bare on the hill currently!

  • JustAnotherName Alpine, UT
    June 10, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    I know him and his family. He would never be a QB at BYU and that is his first choice.

    If he does go on a mission he'll end up at BYU anyway because his priorities will change.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 10, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    "Bottom line is this kid wants to play QB at the College level. And that was never going to happen at BYU with already 2 commitments from the 2012 class."

    PZUBY,

    Bottom line is Hansen's chances of playing QB at Thee University of Utah are slim. What made the decision easy for him? The names Christopher, Blechen and Kruger. All solid High School QB's who became big time players at Wr, DE, LB at the U.

    bYu has a stable of about 12 QB's who will do nothing more than hold a clip board.

    Pretty easy choice.

  • Pasta Cedar City, Ut
    June 10, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    BYU will probably recruit him while he's on his mission....

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    I just hope Kyle keeps an eye on this one, you know who likes to contact players on their missions, you did choose the right Chase!

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    June 10, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    I speak the truth, I have had friends get told they were going to play a certain position and the next thing they knew they were at home while the rest of us were playing.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 10, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    Here, I'll give you Ute fans a little of what you're expecting to read...

    BIG whoop, you got a recruit!

    By Sept 17 at halftime you'll be wishing this kid was on the bench. Your current batch of backup QBs has not warranted much in the positive comment category.

    I'm happy for Hansen if he thinks his dream is to be a Ute QB. Good luck, etc.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    June 10, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    Congrats Chase, good choice....BYU is loaded at QB for the near future and you'll have a better chance to play QB at Utah. You're a great athlete and look forward to watching your senior season at Lone Peak.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    June 10, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Patriot I have a different view. The UTes will be bottom feeders for a very long time. LDS players out of state will have no idea Utah is even playing, BYU games will be in just about every LDS home accross the country.Families of LDS players want a lifestyle for their son fitting of the life in their own homes. Not Frat parties and keggers. Take that to the bank.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    June 10, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    Hondo, You also can't think independently. A transparent Ute shill as well. Did I say the season had started, games were broadcast? 8 games to broadcast on ESPN. That is early contract success. You and others proudly crowed when the contract was signed, "a few games will be broadcast on the lesser ESPN channels". Yes I proudly beat my chest, you were wrong. Future recruiting success based on all this national exposure will be yet determined. However, what is not open for question is that any out of state Ute fan looking to view a Ute game will be huddled around internet radio. Local Ute fans can tune to Kjzz TV.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    June 10, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    Welcome kid to the Ute Nation!

    @BaneOfHedgehog - "ok, I'll bite. The uTes are pretty much in the same place as they were before. Generally, picking up what BYU doesn't get."

    According to you yes, according to Rivals no:

    2011
    1. Ryker Mathews 4-star OL (BYU)
    2. Harvey Langi 4-star RB (Utah)
    3. Isaac Asiata OL 3-star (Utah)
    4. Nate Fakahafua 3-star WR (Utah)
    5. Travis Still 3-star WR (Utah)

    2010
    1. Bronson Kaufusi 4-star DE (BYU)
    2. Ricky Heimuli 4-star DT (Oregon)
    3. Joe Kruger DE 3-star (Utah)
    4. Algrenon Brown 3-star RB (BYU)
    5. Chris Badger 3-star DB (Notre Dame)

    2009
    1. Xavier Sua Filo 4-star OL (UCLA)
    2. John Martinez 4-star OL (USC)
    3. Criag Bills 4-star DB (BYU)
    4. Latu Heimuli 4-star DT (Utah)
    5. Richard Wilson 3-star TE (BYU)

    Again, one data point in 2011 is not a trend. If Utah continues to take 3-4 top 5 Utah players over the next few years then yes. Notice how PAC-10 usually picked off one or two player each year.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    Nice thing also to know as an LDS kid going to Utah is that many of the church's presidents are and were alumni of Utah. Not a single one was a y graduate. So, y apologists, is it bad for an LDS player to choose the U when the profits do the same thing?

    Hmmm. How do you spin that to make yourself feel better?

    Go Utes!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    June 10, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Chase Hansen could be a good addition to my Utes down the road. Chase will serve his mission and could still change his mind over the next few years.

    Either way, whatever he eventually chooses, Chase seems to be well rounded and grounded young man. If he keeps growing mentally, spiritually, and physically, Chase has a good chance for success on the gridiron (wherever that may be). That said, I hope it is in crimson.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    June 10, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    Priest801 are you serious? Friends and family? First of all two local teams will be on the home schedule and Central Florida. The rest is thin, real thin. Friends and family want their sons, friends, brothers, to play on the national stage. They have been on the local stage(Highschool) alread. It is time for the Nation to see what they can do. It won't happen this year at the U. Versus, FSN? what a joke.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    June 10, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Hey quackhunter I have heard from Ute fans they have spoken. All insults. Thats what happens when they have nothing more to say. The Hansen kid was a good catch. No question about it. You say I can't read because of the PAC 12 contract starts next year. Different contract same networks. The PAC12 networks have spoken, and they couldn't care less about UTe football. This year or next. The schedule has been reviewed and the Ute's were given two national slots on two obsure networks. Yes I can read. Can you?

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Rockaria: "He will never play at Utah. Bronco will be calling him everyday he is on his mission."

    Are you saying that Bronco will recruit a player on his mission? I thought that was against the rules, or at least against the moral rules of conduct! Does that really matter any more in happy valley?

    Go Utes! Go Crimson!

  • BJR Duchesne, UT
    June 10, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    He needs to go where he fits the life style he wants. BYU is not easy for some and very easy for those who want to live that way. He made a good decision where he will be happy.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    bigsoccer | 4:29 p.m. June 10, 2011
    Syracuse, UT

    I don't think Duckhunter and Chris B are the ones writing stupid things. You may want to re read your post.

  • -PSUYB- Scranton, Pennsylvania
    June 10, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Bottom line is this kid wants to play QB at the College level. And that was never going to happen at BYU with already 2 commitments from the 2012 class.

    He is a great athlete and football player from what I've seen, but not the gunslinger pocket QB that fits in the BYU system. He would not have started QB at BYU and I am sure he and everyone else knew that.

    That being said I hope he has a great career playing whatever position he ends up at.

  • SoCalUtahFan Utesville, CA
    June 10, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    Wow. Congrats to Utah coaches who recruit (and play by the rules) fair and square to get this great kid --without any backdoor/loophole sneaking.

    Can't wait to see Norm Chow's offense this fall.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Great recruiting job by the Utes. Chase is going to be a great player in about 5 years from now. Serve the mission and stay true to your commitment to the U regardless of how they are doing in the Left Coast league of major cheaters (see where USC lost the BCS title in 2004 due to Bush). I hope you guys clean up the league and win a few titles and a Rose Bowl. As a Cougar fan I'll be watching how you do. Go luck Chase.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    No surprise here. Expect the U to win the recruit battle nearly every time over the Y for blue-chip LDS athletes going forward. It's all about playing in the PAC12 and the Y can't offer anything close. The nice thing about playing for the U is Coach Whit is LDS and accommodates all those who want to play and serve missions. The Y is on the decline unless they can jump to the BIG 12 with Texas and OU some time soon. The U - I think - will rise to the upper half of the PAC 12 which is great news for the state of Utah and for Utah high school grads.

  • Serenity Now American Fork, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    Nick pick up, Utah. I've watched Hansen play at LP the last year and his legs are definitely his best asset...I could see him turn into a great free safety at Utah.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    CougFaninTX: "The U comments towards recruits who chose Y over U border on slander." whoisjohngalt: "Poor kid got baited by chow." "Sad to see him get lied to."

    Uh ... seems like it is the other way around Coug Fan!

    Go Utes!! Onward and Upward!!

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    re: jazzbball | 4:08 p.m. June 10, 2011

    Or Hansen will become a LB an inflict pain on Hoyt, Magnum, AND Kuresa.

    Case in point, Paul Kruger was HS QB, a DE @ the U, and now an OLB in the NFL.

  • Rockaria SANDY, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    He will never play at Utah. Bronco will be calling him everyday he is on his mission.

  • G-Swenz Providence, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    Wow... if the kid had committed to BYU, they would totally have had an in your face attitude to Utah. Kid could end up at like 6'4" 210lbs. playing QB, and he ran for 1,000 yards last year. If he becomes a better passer he could be amazing! Even if he plays Linebacker, still sounds like a stud. Comes from a good family too.

    But no... BYU doesn't want that at all. Not now that he committed somewhere else at least.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    Yerffoegn: Very funny stuff! Do you do standup?

    Go Utes! Onward and Upward!

    Oh - and go Santa Clara!

  • Hondo Alpine, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    Yerfff,

    "I know it has been difficult for Ute fans with the success of the ESPN contract already."

    What are you talking about? No games under this contract have been broadcast. What success has there been other than yners beating their chests over it? Your alleged "success" with the ESPN contract was not enough to get this kid to become a yner. Soon enough, other top in-state talent will commit to Utah and you'll be left UNWANTED, UNINVITED and IRRELEVANT. LOL!

  • Chrissy Bee Atlanta, GA
    June 10, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Pretty amazing how much excitement there is in ute nation because they beat out BYU for a recruit. This is actually very funny. The little brothers are certainly gloating over this one.

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    For the better part of these comments there wasn't any back biting or bad talk, but then Duckhunter as usual and Chris B have to start writing stupid things, obviously the kid wanted to go to lesser program up north, he won't play quarterback like he wanted, and we will all wonder what happened to that Hansen kid?

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    June 10, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    Vegas Ute, That is your only hope. Hope and pray for BYU Losses. Otherwise, you will be left in the dust. The nation has spoken. THey want BYU football. It is up to BYU now to deliver. If they do, Katie bar the door. I believe the Ute's will be bottom feeders. The team was decimated with the loss of players on a team already beaten to a pulp the last 4 games of the season. A QB that would be third string on BYU's squad. I don't see the Ute's as even bowl eligible. I really don't

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    And the rich get richer!! Welcome to the Utes and the Conference of Champions Chase!!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    June 10, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    Welcome kid to the Ute Nation!

    @BaneOfHedgehog - "ok, I'll bite. The uTes are pretty much in the same place as they were before. Generally, picking up what BYU doesn't get."

    According to you yes, according to Rivals no:

    2011
    1. Ryker Mathews 4-star OL (BYU)
    2. Harvey Langi 4-star RB (Utah)
    3. Isaac Asiata OL 3-star (Utah)
    4. Nate Fakahafua 3-star WR (Utah)
    5. Travis Still 3-star WR (Utah)

    2010
    1. Bronson Kaufusi 4-star DE (BYU)
    2. Ricky Heimuli 4-star DT (Oregon)
    3. Joe Kruger DE 3-star (Utah)
    4. Algrenon Brown 3-star RB (BYU)
    5. Chris Badger 3-star DB (Notre Dame)

    2009
    1. Xavier Sua Filo 4-star OL (UCLA)
    2. John Martinez 4-star OL (USC)
    3. Criag Bills 4-star DB (BYU)
    4. Latu Heimuli 4-star DT (Utah)
    5. Richard Wilson 3-star TE (BYU)

    Again, one data point in 2011 is not a trend. If Utah continues to take 3-4 top 5 Utah players over the next few years then yes. Notice how PAC-10 usually picked off one or two player each year.

  • priest801 West Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    Yerffoegn: "Texas, TCU, Ole Miss"

    What about the home schedule?? Local kids will start to favor Utah because it's exciting for their families and friends to come watch them play against great teams in MEANINGFUL games.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    June 10, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    I know it has been difficult for Ute fans with the success of the ESPN contract already. Believe me, two of years of PAC12 twelve bottom feeding and he will change his mind. LOL, It has happened a few times already.....

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    Poor kid got baited by chow. Chow told him he'd play QB. He will be switched to LB where he belongs. At least BYU told him the truth. He is an average QB. but will be a great LB. Fast, insticts. Sad to see him get lied to.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 10, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    Come on . . . BYU fans are much more supportive towards Chase and his decision to attend Utah, than U fans are towards recruits who choose BYU. The U comments towards recruits who chose Y over U border on slander.

    I wish Chase all the best, except for one game each year. He's a great athlete and a great pick up for U.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    logicalfallacy: "He is completely free to be recruited again after his mission with no penalty in switching. I don't know if BYU would want him if he wanted to switch but it should make Utah worried."

    Too funny. Just give me a list of Ute RMs (yes y apologists - Utah has MANY, MANY RMs in their programs, especially football) that have transferred to y for football after their missions? I mean besides the occasional walk-on at Utah that gets offered a scholarship to y.

    What's that? No list? Thought so.

    Besides, y's only three QBs worth mentioning (McMahon, Young & Detmer) NEVER went on missions. whY go to y if you want to play QB and go on a mission? Doesn't seem to work!

    Go Utes! Go PAC 12!

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    Have fun at the U

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    Welcome to The U, Chase! Watching you compete in the Pac 12 will be very cool.

    When BYU tries to re-recruit you while you are on your mission, explain to them that your mission work is more important than football, and you'd appreciate it if they respect that and to not interrupt your important mission work. Football is fifth.

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    lol...ute fans are funny.

    BYU has Hoyt, Magnum, AND Kuresa in the wings waiting to play QB.

    Football-wise, (Meaning actual opportunity at playing time) he's right.

    But he'll lose year after year to BYU. :)

  • AllSeeingEye Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    Don't see a comment here concerning Coach Mendenhall's statements that he would never again lose a recruiting battle with University of Utah, regardless of Utah's invitation to the PAC 12. Can someone enlighten us on this point?

    Seems like the last few times it has happened there has been a somewhat reasonable explanation: "we didn't really want him anyway" or "we never actually offered him a scholarship" or whatever.

    It is hard to know what the explanation would be this time. What did I miss?

  • Old Gregg Alpine, UT
    June 10, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    I'm a huge BYU fan but just want to say congrats to the UTES on this pick up. This kid is the real deal. Hope everything works out for him!

  • BaneOfHedgehog Bothell, WA
    June 10, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    RE:...

    "It must be simply soul crushing to the gang down South."

    - if we were lacking a 5-7 year pipeline of outstanding quarterback candidates, I'd be a bit concerned. Given who've we've already got slated and quarterback (and virtually every other position) this is unavoidable. Best of luck to Chase as a Ute. We have plenty of great quarterbacks ready to go for years to come.

    "Personally I felt Hansen was a shoe it at bYu... now you got to wonder if Utah is the first choice of every instate Utah offer."

    - ok, I'll bite. The uTes are pretty much in the same place as they were before. Generally, picking up what BYU doesn't get.

    "History may show that this as the 'watershed" event that offically points to the "changing of the guard" with instate LDS athletes."
    - oh puh-leeze... You were the same poster who for weeks and weeks, post after post kept going on and on about how LDS athletes and return missionaries in general were entirely undesirable by uTa (I'm using your pattern of name display, btw).

    Hypocrisy/double-speak much?

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Yerffoegn: "Texas, TCU, Ole Miss, the Utes, Central Florida"

    Uh .... big loss, big loss, loss, big loss, tie. Give that a couple of years and we'll see where the recruits go - contract or no!!

    Go Utes! The future is CRIMSON! Get Used to it

  • MTN MAN Taylorsville, UT
    June 10, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    Honestly, I don't think the Pac-12 had much to do with it. Ute players are always gonna say "I love the Pac-12" and Cougars are always gonna say "I'm so excited about independence" - that's always the way it is. I think Hansen chose the U because he wants to play quarterback and BYU is already stacked at that position. Utah will give him a shot at QB, so that's where he's going.

  • BaneOfHedgehog Bothell, WA
    June 10, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    Wait - which is it? Sunday school-going boys can't possibly be good athletes, according to the Ute pundits here?

    Seriously - which is it? Is this pick-up for the Utes a real steal even though he's going on a mission and is clearly a Sunday-school choir boy? Oh snap!! Christina has a big big problem here now.

    So answer the question? Is this a non-event for the Utes because he's gonna be an RM. Unavoidable hypocrisy, white courtesy phone, ....

  • Duckhunter Hunter Alpine, UT
    June 10, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    Yeffrghiuui,

    Either you can't read, choose not to read, or don't understand. Utah does not join the PAC-12 TV contract until next year (you should have a better understanding of that since there are 2 PAC-12 teams in AZ). This year (nad Utah knew it when they signed to join the PAC-12), Utah will not be on TV as much as I would like, but I am willing to sacrifice some TV coverage in the short run if it means that we get players like Hansen in the years to come.

    Win for Utah and catalyst for other top in-state recruits to pick Utah!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    Blue Saint: "Sorry Utes.....but nothing is official with LDS recruits until they return from their mission. The pull of BYU is very powerful! Just saying."

    Yeah - just ask Jake Murphy!!

    Go Utes! The future is bright, the future IS crimson! Chase knows it, so get Used to it!!

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    June 10, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    Cork,

    Typical BYU spin when they do notland a top notch recruit. Are you related to Bronco? Yau are saying the same spin crap that he says. We do not recruit the player, the player recruits the school, and is he does not recruit us, then we dont lose out on any recruits that come our way. Blah, Blah, Blah. All of you Byu fans would be gloating on this board had he chose the Y over the Utes. Saying that Independence is better than the Pac 10.2 or whatever you kitties call it. Byu is stacked at QB for a little while, but this kid will not even be in the program for at least 3 years. Anything can and will happen by then, and Jake Heaps will be gone. As it stands today, he is a huge get for the Utes, and the Y would have been lucky and happy to get him, not matter how Cork or the Y coaches spin it.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    Whatever his reasons for choosing whichever school, I wish him success on the field, in the classroom, and happiness in his life.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    June 10, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    Utah man honestly? Hawaii, Utah State, what about the other 6 to 8 games. Did you conviently forget to mention Texas, TCU, Ole Miss, the Utes, Central Florida. Are you and independent thinker or an transparent Ute shill? Give this ESPN contract a couple of years and a couple of more years of the Utes on verses and fsn, We will see where the LDS kids go.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 10, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Ragnar Danneskjold:

    "It seems like there was a recent article that talked about the opposite though. His head recruiter at Utah was Sitake, and at BYU it was Doman if I remember correctly."

    According to his profile on Rivals, he was recruited by fmr-cougar QB coach/now Offensive Coordinator Brandon Doman, and Utah DB/Special Teams coach Jay Hill.

    So, yeah, it's interesting to see how many cougar fans have been claiming he was recruited to play O at the U, and D at the Y. It certainly does look to be the other way around to me as well.

  • UgottaloveMaxie SLC, UT
    June 10, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    I thought BYU owned in state and was the best recruiters in the country? funny how everyone gets on and trashes Utah when a kid picks byu but when a kid picks utah over byu few people get on and compare. now who are the classy ones now? I respect kids who do what they want to do, and I don't see it as a competition so much as a just a different fit for different kids. It's just funny how much byu fans relish when a player is committed as a 16 year old and they act like they're a big deal. anyway, good for him. it might not even pan out. let's cheer for our real team and not the kids who give an oral that they will play 5 years from now. really guys you know?!

  • logicalfallacy Mesa, AZ
    June 10, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    So basically this means nothing if he is leaving for two years on a mission out of High School. He is completely free to be recruited again after his mission with no penalty in switching. I don't know if BYU would want him if he wanted to switch but it should make Utah worried. They've been owned by BYU for at least the last half a century.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    June 10, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    Ya hedgehog. Right. If this kid was a receiver, runningback or an o lineman I would be crying in your beer. The kid wants to play QB, Ain't gonna happen at the Y

  • showmeyatd's Pleasant View, Utah
    June 10, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    Utes got a great one. No way to spin this BYU got out done hard. He's a solid 4 star athlete.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 10, 2011 3:08 p.m.

    "Reconsider your decision after your mission and best of luck until then."

    Alterego,

    Thanks for the reminder, Jake Murphy did and the rest is history.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    @ PP | 2:55 p.m. June 10, 2011
    Eagle Mountain, UT

    Classy

  • Utah Man Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    Memo to byu fans: Why don't you all just accept reality and come to grips with the fact that kids want to play in the Pac-12. You can tout your ESPN contract but who is really going to watch your games vs. Logan State and Hawai'i? Yes, the games will be available, but Utah offers both stiff competition in the Pac-12 and television partners in ESPN and FOX. Looks like Bronco's statement of "We will never lose out on the best local recruits" continues to blow up in his face. The Utes are now gaining traction in Utah Co., which has long been byu's most fertile recruiting territory.

  • Ute_4_Life Springville, UT
    June 10, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    seer,

    Kinda funny that you mention going on a mission may persuade a recurit to go the Church's "flagship school, I seem to remember a certain Jake Murphy that did just the opposite. Nice try though.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    June 10, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    He probably knows that he could never play QB at BYU. He can make any decision he wants, but with the added maturity he'll get as a missionary he will hopefully come to his senses. I'm sure his family is disappointed.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 10, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Per rivals:

    "It's the pac-12. Its big, it's exciting. I still think BYU is going in another direction of their own which is awesome, but I felt like the Pac-12 was a cant miss experience and an opportunity with other aspects about Utah that I thought would be perfect."

    It must be simply soul crushing to the gang down South.

    Personally I felt Hansen was a shoe it at bYu... now you got to wonder if Utah is the first choice of every instate Utah offer.

    History may show that this as the 'watershed" event that offically points to the "changing of the guard" with instate LDS athletes.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    June 10, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Listen BY fans get a life! Cork you talk tough on a comment board about a 17 year old. The thing is that 17 year could drop a shoulder on you and lay you outttttttt!

  • Alterego Ogden, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    Reconsider your decision after your mission and best of luck until then.

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    "I just really felt strongly that Utah was the best place for me and my goals."

    Haha... It's called: Utah has such a void at QB he will get instant playing time, vs. at BYU he was recruited for defense. Of course, as usual Utah fans think they just got the holy grail of QB recruits - even though they were bad mouthing him a few days ago.

  • che loco Springville, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    Good choice for Chase. He's got to go where he feels comfortable and Utah is the place.

    @ wedgie, weren't you saying a few weeks ago how you didn't want this kid and that the U should be chasing after "elite" athletes?

    @ sissy bee, weren't you saying a few weeks ago how the utes couldn't win with sunday school boys (i.e., returned missionaries) whose highest priorities are not football-related?

    Eagerly awaiting the spin on this.

  • NotAnRorD American Fork, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Hope this kid matures on his mission. He left Lone Peak after a shouting/cursing match with his then coach - believing he was in charge of the team and could do what he wanted. He switched to rival American Fork, but eventually left because he didn't like the new, incoming coach's system (didn't want to get hit so much). He's back at Lone Peak on the varsity team. Too bad the high school system doesn't penalize eligibility the way the NCAA does.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Aw gee...I guess I'm going to be a Ute fan now...not!

  • AggieLuva South Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    Congrats Chase, this is a good get for the U. I don't blame him at all going to Utah where it will be really easy to step in and play QB right off the bat. Even if he didn't go on a mission he would have beat out Wynnie! Hopefully Utah starts recruiting more QB's from what I saw at the spring game, you will need it. Good luck to you Mr. Hansen!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Welcome to the Ute family Chase. You made the right decision!!

    Go Utes! Go Crimson!

  • BlueSaint South Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Sorry Utes.....but nothing is official with LDS recruits until they return from their mission. The pull of BYU is very powerful! Just saying.

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    nothing ever changes. Utah beats BYU out for a recruit and the response is predictable: "we didn't want him anyway." Come on cougar fans. Just stop with teh sour grapes. Head on back to the Harmon article where he will make you feel better about life.

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    June 10, 2011 2:38 p.m.

    I remember when BYU was second to none 25 years ago. Not any more. Both programs are solid and are top 25 teams in the country. Utah State is not far behind thanks to Gary Andersen and their staff. Nice this kids has options the only difference is that his family has to drive 20 minutes further to watch him play USC, Washington, Oregon, etc. Oh Well. Good Luck

  • Willber14 Palos Verdes Estates, CA
    June 10, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    hedgehog | 7:52 a.m. May 26, 2011
    Ann Arbor, MI
    There are 100's of Hansen type players in Cali. Guess what, all of them are willing to committ to football out of the gate ( not 3 years later).

    Again, I'm all for fullfilling a mission but if a kid must do it before or during college....go to bYu.

  • seer kaysville, ut
    June 10, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    A really high quality kid and a great "get" for the Utes. I predict that if Chase goes on his mission, there will be a strong "pull" to transfer to BYU. It is hard to devote your entire life for two years and then not "think" about going to your faith's flagship school. It is just the nature of a mission. Besides, you meet many more missionaries that are bound for BYU. Spiritual connections are made and lifelong relationships cultivated.

    As a person, Chase will change on his mission. He will become more humble, and the rough edges will be buffed away. Coming home, he will again need to make a choice on which school to attend. I feel confident that the lure of BYU in addition to his family ties will offer Chase another choice in the near future.

    Good luck to you Chase wherever you serve or play.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    Hansen is a great pick up for the Utes. I'm disappointed that he didn't choose to come to the Y but if he feels he has a better choice at the U - then I'm glad he'll be going there.

    Good luck kid!

  • Ravenal Somewhere in, Utah
    June 10, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    Congrats Utes on a good pickup.

  • Ragnar Danneskjold Bountiful, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:31 p.m.

    Re: YouAreKidding
    You may be right. It seems like there was a recent article that talked about the opposite though. His head recruiter at Utah was Sitake, and at BYU it was Doman if I remember correctly.
    I commented in that article that I hope what you described wouldn't happen. Hopefully he knows that he could very well be on the D. He sounds open to it, but describes Chow being a big part of his excitement over Utah.

    That being said, Hansen seems to be doing this right. He is saying great things about BYU even in choosing Utah. Seems like a good person.
    He seems to have a good frame for either position, but I will hold off getting too excited. He won't play for another 3 years after all.
    Good luck to him on his mission, and good choice to go with the Utes.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    Utah's recruiting of this kid isn't over yet, BYU is going to have 2 years to try and recruit him while he's on his mission. Utah better stay in touch.

  • Willber14 Palos Verdes Estates, CA
    June 10, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    If I remember correctly, all the Utah fans were saying that this kid wasn't worth a scholarship to a Pac-12 team. If this kid makes one mistake on the field the entire fan base will go back to saying how he wasn't good enough to play in the Pac-12. It is a good move on his part, BYU looks to be stacked at QB in the next coming years, ans that is the position he wants to play.

  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    This in-state recruiting coup by Utah is clearly a result of league realignment this past year, and why BYU fans should be concerned about their future. While it should be pointed out that the future of BYU as an independent with a washed out WAC/Sun-Belt set of opponents (particularly from mid-October on) isnt set in stone, Utah has made the jump successfully, and for the time being BYU has failed, and even in pro-BYU Utah Valley located homes of perspective student athletes the advantage certainly is in Utahs hands, and one that. Until a Big-12 invitation comes calling for BYU where Bronco can tell recruits that they will regularly play a Texas or Oklahoma every year, any credible high star rated in-state recruit would not be wise to pass over Utah in favor of BYU. Long term independence in football WILL NOT work for BYU and you can assume that the BYU administration and trustees are looking at being a part of any future Big-12 move back to 12.

  • Duckhunter Hunter Alpine, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    Welcome to the Utes, Chase!

    We're excited to have you as a part of the team and think you made a good decision! This kid is a 4-star recruit on Rivals (top 250) and 3-star on ESPN. Being a part of the PAC-12 is paying off, literally and figuratively.

    Weren't Yners guaranteeing this guy was going to be a kewg just a few weeks ago? LOL!

  • RantBully Bend, OR
    June 10, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    Does BYU really need another QB recruit?

  • ZelphExists Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    Welcome to the Conference of Champions Chase!

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    Obviously going to the PAC 12 made lots of difference in recruiting this young man...so did hiring Coach Chow...able to overcome all those family influences to stay in Utah Valley!

    Welcome to the big time Mr. Hansen...welcome to the PAC 12...welcome to the Utah Family...your are officially a Utah Man, Sir!

  • BlueSaint South Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    Good catch for the Utes! I think He knows BYU has an overload at QB and linebacker. Smart move on his part. Good luck to you!

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    June 10, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    Sweet

  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    June 10, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    Congratulations to the young man. You'll always lose some players you expect to sign and sign some players you didn't think you would.

    Hope he has a standout career for the Utes. And though I wish BYU had gotten him, it's common knowledge that the Cougars are well-stocked at both QB and LB for the next several years. If you have to lose someone, let it be a kid whose position is not hurting.

    But--and I say this only a little tongue-in-cheek--what if he goes on his mission, and Utah struggles in the PAC-12 and BYU continues to have 10-win seasons. Hmmm ........

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    Welcome aboard!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    Wow! almost 30 minutes and not a single gloating troll. I am sure it won't be long.
    Good luck at Utah Mr. Hansen

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 10, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    Great to have you as in a Utah uniform !
    Welcome aboard, good luck on your mission, come back eager to play.
    It's good to be a Ute !

  • uteowl Sunnyvale, CA
    June 10, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    All rivalry crud out of the way, it's nice to see us win an in-state kid like this - especially with the kid's family ties to the TDS. Ooops, did I just throw in the rivalry crud? My bad.

  • Lawyer Ute SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 10, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    Way to go Utah coaching staff! A great player and a higher character individual. I look forward to seeing you play in a few years.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    June 10, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    Congrats Chase, I am excited for you! Ute fans and I think the state of Utah will be excited to watch you play.

  • Chrissy Bee Atlanta, GA
    June 10, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    I love the fact that Ill have a chance to play in the Pac-12. I love the coaches, and I know Ill get a good education there, and I just really felt strongly that Utah was the best place for me and my goals. My number one goal is to play quarterback and BYU is stacked for years to come in that position. However, I could probably start at Utah this year if I were eligible so I know I'll have a great chance there when I return from my mission.

    Can't argue with that. Utah certainly needs him more than BYU. Good luck to the kid.

  • YouAreKidding Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    Unlike some are going to be wont to say, this wasn't about BYU v. Utah. This was about a kid that wanted to play QB first and LB second. BYU offered him as a LB/S and Utah offered him as a QB/LB.

    Sadly, this kid will make it into camp and...poof...he'll be switched to the defensive side of the ball before he knows what hit him. Position bait and switch is what Utah coaches are famous for.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    June 10, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    He has Uncles who have played at both BYU and UTAH.

    He has looked at both programs from all angles.

    He could still change his mind while on his mission.

    If he stays with his commitment, he could end up as a possible "game changer" in the recruiting "wars" between the two schools.

    Whether it's BYU or UTAH, he will be a game changer on the field as well.

  • TheFitz Murray, UT
    June 10, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    Welcome Chase! The U is excited to have you! Good luck on your Sr season.

  • cork Murray, UT
    June 10, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Best of luck to you. Having not chosen BYU, I am glad you're not coming because we do much better with those who really appreciate what BYU has to offer over other schools. If you can't see that, you are better off somewhere else. It's really hard to get lathered up over a kid not choosing BYU anymore. Not a matter of sour grapes; it's no more than a "who cares" to me. I will be thrilled for those who choose to come and take no interest in those who do not.

  • BaneOfHedgehog Bothell, WA
    June 10, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Best of luck to Chase! Hope it works out.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    From what I have read this kid is a great all around player and quality individual, I wish him the very best. Very cool that the Utes landed him over some good teams. I Can't wait to hear the BYU spin on this one.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    "Non-AQ" bites again

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    June 10, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    wow awesome snatch! great to have him on board!