One of the fastest rising quarterbacks on the West Coast has been San Jacinto (Calif.) High School signal caller Chasen Stangel. After visiting Washington just a short time ago, he came to the conclusion on where he wanted to play college football. It just wasn't going to be in the Pac-10.
The 6-foot, 184-pound prospect, who held offers from the likes of Purdue, SMU, Idaho, Utah State, New Mexico State, Wyoming, and numerous others, decided he'd be taking his Division I football days to the Lone Star state.
"I just committed to UTEP," Stangel said. "I committed actually about 10 minutes ago to coach Mike Price and Eric Price. You know, first of all, they were one of my first visits and I just knew it was the right place all along."
Stangel, after visiting Washington and Nebraska, said that other trips actually helped him decide for the Miners.
"No one has impressed me more than them," Stangel said about UTEP. "It was the right place to go and the right place for me. My dad and I spoke about it, and that's how it ended up. I'm solid and I'm all done.
"The best thing I could have done was visit Washington. I just knew I had to follow my heart with this."
Stangel was being recruited by coach Jeff Banks. That was another relationship that helped this commitment happen.
"Well, he recruited me harder than anyone else," Stangel said. "He text messaged me every day and he was always keeping in touch. I'd call him from time to time and check in on things. I found out I was their No. 1 guy and that's so important to me."
The California signal caller will be ranked among the top 100 when the state rankings are released Wednesday morning.