Chase Garbers is having a productive off-season.
A little more than a week ago, the Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar high school quarterback earned MVP honors at The Opening Los Angeles regional. In doing so, he beat out five-star Tate Martell, the nation's No. 2 quarterback prospect. Both were subsequently invited to the Elite-11 semifinals.
One day later, Garbers was offered a scholarship by new Arizona State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey. Garbers had visited the Sun Devils for their Junior Day just before his impressive showing at The Opening Regional.
"I really liked it at ASU," Garbers said. "They are redoing all their facilities, it's going to be a brand new $315 million project going on. I sat down with coach (Todd) Graham for about 45 minutes. He really explained to me what the program is all about, what he is all about. My dad went with me and he really liked it. I also liked the program as far as what they do for the program education-wise. That was a big standout for me."
A close relationship with his coaches is something Garbers cited as an important consideration in his college deliberations. He also wants to play in a system he can envision himself being successful. The Sun Devils may provide both, he said, based on his early impressions.
"Coach Lindsey told me he likes how I control the offense, can see all the field, that I have a natural feel for throwing the football, my footwork," Garbers said. "Our offense we run in high school is very similar to what ASU runs. On my visit he put me up on the white board, we talked a little football and he really liked what I had to say and how I go through the thought process. So he told me he really wants me at ASU."
Corona Del Mar went 9-3 last season and Garbers threw for 2,715 yards with a 68.7 percent completion rate with 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 210 pound quarterback also rushed for 457 yards on 105 carries with seven touchdowns.
"We kind of molded our offense from ASU a couple years ago," Garbers said. "ASU runs their 11 personnel, two back sets with an h-back. We also do that a majority. The passing concepts, run concepts, they are pretty similar, a lot of run/pass option going on, the checks are the same mostly. I'm very familiar with how they run their offense.
"Having a lot of familiarity with an offense and how I would fit in, yeah, that would be a big factor for me."
Garbers said he has no favorites as yet, and is planning to be very diligent about the recruiting process, and will try to see as many of the schools that have extended a scholarship offer as possible before narrowing his focus.
"In April I'm actually taking five visits to Washington, Washington State, Boise State, Colorado and Colorado State," he said. "Then I'm going to go back out to ASU for a spring ball visit. I'm thinking about visiting some other schools that offered. I have nine offers now. I would like to visit most of those schools. Decision-wise, probably plan on late June, if not that, early July."