ASU Recruit Chad Christensen

Going into this season the ASU quarterback situation is still very much in limbo. During spring practice none of the team's returning signal callers has risen to the top to secure a starting position. This predicament could work to the advantage of freshman Chad Christensen.

"It's kinda nice to have the quarterback position up in the air." says the Scottsdale Desert Mountain high school graduate and state all-star player "It does give you something to shoot for so to speak. The coaches told me to go into the season with an open mind, and I know that if I do well I'll have a chance to play. But coach Koetter told me that 90% or more of all freshmen do redshirt. I'm just looking to try hard and get a chance to play. I'm definitely not going to be disappointed if I'm redshirted. It will give me a chance to develop physically and mentally. I can adjust to college life and push myself harder to play in my second year."

Many recruits had second thoughts about their commitment to ASU when coach Koetter replaced coach Snyder. However, Christensen was not in that group. "Even though I was recruited by coach Snyder, I was extremely happy when they brought in coach Koetter. I got to meet with the whole coaching staff, and hearing their philosophy I was excited about being a Sun Devil. They said they wanted me just like coach Snyder did. I was happy to stay a Sun Devil." The thoroughness of the new coaching staff hasn't only impressed fans attending spring practice, but has also left a significant impression of the freshman quarterback. "I'm just impressed by the way the coaches runs practices. It's very organized, they always have clear plan of what they want to do. It's great to be part of a team that's up and coming and everybody is excited about"

Staying close to home to attend college was a pretty easy decision for Christensen "I only lived here for the last six years and I enjoyed the opportunity to stay here. I wasn't like others saying that they can't take it here and had to get out of home and go out of state to college. I was looking at Northwestern, California, and Wisconsin, as well as U of A and NAU." When asked specifically about his skills, Christensen replied: "My strengths are that I use my head to make good decisions. I'm accurate nimble, and quick around the pocket. I need to adjust to the complexity of the college game. It's a huge jump from high school. That's why I'm meeting with the quarterbacks coach so I can learn how to read defenses and see how they react when the ball snapped."

For a recruit to be noticed on an average or below high team is sometimes quite difficult, and tends to overshadow outstanding players. However, Christensen doesn't agree with those who portray Desert Mountain as a bad team: "We finished 6-4. We lost to the state champion the runner up, and the regional champion. That hurt our record. But we felt like we could really play with them, but we had injuries that really hurt us." During his high school years, the ASU true freshman excelled on Basketball as well, and wouldn't mind following in the footsteps of Todd Heap and be a two-sport player. "I started for four years from the Basketball team averaging my senior year 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. I have been playing Basketball a lot. I would love to play both sports at ASU, but my mindset and focus right now is on Football. If things work out then I would love to play Basketball down the road. I just have to see what happens. If the opportunity becomes available I would love to play for coach Evans."

Timing is everything in life. The current uncertainty at Chad Christensen's position, along with a solid performance at camp Tontozona next month, could cause ASU's coaches some major headaches regarding the decision whether to redshirt Christensen or not. Regardless of that decision, the Sun Devils have landed another quality local recruit who will be a positive impact on the team for years to come.

Recruit Profile

Name: Chad Christensen
High School: Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, AZ
Position: QB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 192
Date of Birth: 12/2/82
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Nickname: The Chad
Favorite TV Show: SportsCenter
Favorite Movie: Top Gun
Favorite Singer: Rolling Stones
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Drink: Orange Juice
Favorite Athlete: Larry Bird
Favorite Pro Team: Boston Celtics
Person you most admire: My dad. He's been there for me in every aspect, not only sports. I really look up to him.
First Football Memory: I was in pop warner in sixth grade. This bigger and older kid laid me out. I was thinking to my self: Did I sign up for this?
One Thing most people don't know about me: I have a black belt in Take Wan Do. I hope it will come in handy when the older players try to play pranks on the freshmen.
Why did you choose ASU? The environment, proximity, and all the people in the school.
Where do you want to be in ten years? Ideally in the NFL. Otherwise, I'd like to be a CEO of a company and raise a family.

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