Tradition, Not Family Ties Lures Chaz White To ASU

Signing offensive lineman Chaz White should have been an easy sell for ASU coaches. After all, the St. Johns high school standout is a cousin of ex-Sun Devil great Todd Heap. However, the impressive track record of placing ASU offensive linemen in the NFL is what swayed White to choose the Sun Devils shortly before signing day.

The first team all-state lineman was frantically swaying his commitment back and forth between ASU and Oregon (Utah St., New Mexico, Wyoming were the other schools that recruited him heavily). "There was no pressure from the Heaps." Says White. "My uncle who I live with is related to the Heaps, and he didn't mind that I wanted to get out of Arizona and go to Oregon." The recruiting battle for his services began in the fall of last year. "I went to Oregon for a visit, and they were at the top of the Pac-10. I just figured that where I'd go to school. I had my ASU visit scheduled for two weeks later, and I called to cancel the visit. Coach Guy called back and said that I can't cancel my visit (smile)." Turns out that the ASU's defensive coordinator's persistence paid off: "I came up there, and I liked it. ASU wasn't what I expected. I was just surprised how much of a big time program ASU was, because I didn't follow it. I really liked coach Grimes. He'd be a great person to learn from. He's an ex-player, and the Oregon offensive line coach wasn't. All the coaches were real honest and upfront. They didn't bad mouth Oregon. My host was Mason Unck who knows Todd Heap and my uncle real well…I never considered going to ASU until a couple of months before signing day. My uncle went with me on the ASU trip, and then he started pressuring me to go to ASU…It was a real hard decision. It was hard to turn down the #2 team in the nation. I flipped flop a lot before signing day."

Some may be surprised that a player from a very small town in the Northeast corner of Arizona (located an hour from Showlow) would garner so much interest from major schools in the Pac-10. The ASU freshman to be shares that notion. "It was surprising that two big schools like ASU and Oregon were fighting over me. I was actually thinking about moving to Phoenix my junior year for the publicity. I was hoping that any college would find me, but I did want to play in the Pac-10. I'm happy it's turning out that way." White knows that there may be a perception that being the big fish in the small pound (i.e. excelling in a lower division of high school Football) won't translate into a successful career playing in one of the best conferences in the nation. "I know people don't think that my school is that great, but it won state titles between 1992-94. There's a lot of good Football up here in the mountains, and a lot of good players. There have been a lot of good players from here in the past that played in big college programs, and I just hope to continue it and show everybody that good players can come from St. Johns." When asked about life in a small town, he replied: "It was different moving here. You just have to adjust…The closest Wal-Mart is an hour away. There's not much to do here, so you find things to do. That's why I spent a lot of my time in athletics."

When we asked White to point out his strengths and weaknesses he said: "My strong points are athletic ability and quick feet (White also lettered in Basketball and Track and Field). I need to work on my strength, hip movement, and flexibility." With ASU signing seven offensive linemen in White's recruiting class, he knows that he has his work cut for him, which is why he plans to arrive next month to participate in the team's off-season drills. "Recruiting all these linemen is just gonna make me work harder and compete. I don't care how many offensive linemen they recruited, I'm gonna show that I can play. I want to contribute to ASU, and be a starter…I'm trying to come as soon as I can after graduation, so I can work out with the team all summer. Some freshmen will have to step up because the line is so thin. I personally prefer to redshirt, so I can get stronger and learn the system better."

Landing Chaz White is further proof that Coach Koetter and his staff are excelling in keeping the talented Arizona high school players in state and wearing the maroon and gold. Whether it was the Sun Devil tradition or the family ties, ASU coaches are extremely pleased to land this heralded offensive lineman. If White ends up having a career that even comes close to resembling his All-American cousin Todd Heap, then the St. Johns product can write his own chapter in that fine Sun Devil offensive linemen heritage.

Recruit Profile


Chaz White

High School

St. Johns HS St. Johns, AZ







Date of Birth



Fairfield, CA



Favorite TV Show

The Simpsons

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Favorite Singer


Favorite Food


Favorite Drink

Orange Juice

Favorite Athlete


Favorite Pro Team

Oakland Raiders

Person you most admire

My mom. She's a single parent, and she should me what hard work is all about. She taught me how to get by when things are tough.

First Football Memory

7th grade Football. I almost quit that year. We had two coaches, and I didn't get along with one of them. The other coach told me that if I stick it out I could play College Football anywhere I wanted. I think a lot about that.

One Thing most people don't know about me

I'm an athlete, not just a big guy playing Football. I play Baseball, Basketball, and I'm on the Track and Field team.

Why did you choose ASU?

The tradition of the offensive linemen.

Where do you want to be in ten years?

I'd like to be working as a Physical Therapist.

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