Introducing the 2007 Class: Chasen Stangel

Since he was eight years old, Chasen Stangel has known ASU's Safeties Coach Matt Lubick. He may have been less familiar with other coaches on the Sun Devil staff, but all those individuals collectively created a great sense of comfort with the San Jacinto (Calif.) quarterback. He was once committed to UTEP, but with all that ASU had to offer he was swayed to sign with the maroon and gold.

Arizona State Head Coach Dennis Erickson recruited Chasen Stangel while he was still the skipper at Idaho. A good relationship was established between the two, yet at the time it wasn't enough to lure him away from El Paso. "I really liked it there at UTEP, and everything kind of fell into place there," said Stangel. "It's a good environment and some players from my high school went to play over there. I did build a relationship with Coach Erickson, and when he got hired by Arizona State I thought that it was an interesting move. Then when he got there he kept on recruiting me with Coach Olson. Committing to the ASU seemed like the right thing then because I always wanted to play in the Pac-10."

The quarterback wasn't oblivious to the success that Erickson has had through out his career. Nonetheless, there were other aspects that drew him just as much to ASU's first-year head coach. "As a person, he's a great coach to play for," Stangel stated. "He's a player's coach. You know when you play for him, it's serious – it's big time. He wants to win championships and that's what every player being recruited wants to do. I can't wait to get out there and play for him."

Erickson is known for his innovative and wide open offensive scheme, which naturally caught the eye of the San Jacinto standout. "This offense really fits me," Stangel explained. "I can scramble, but I'm not a big time running quarterback. Coach Erickson's offense really spreads it out and it's great for a quarterback like myself that throws accurate passes. You see all the success that his quarterbacks, like Jonathan Smith, had and you can see yourself having the same success."

Chasen's father, Bob Stangel, was a coach at various programs. When he was the offensive coordinator at San Bernardino Valley College, Coach Lubick who at the time was coaching at Cal State Northridge and San Jose State, used to frequent Stangel's teams on recruiting visits. "I was the ball boy back then," recalled Chasen, "and I used to talk to him about the players he was looking at…so my dad and I have known him for a long time. Coach Yarber was recruiting when he was at Washington…so it was great coming to a team where I knew so many of the coaches already. They're all such great people." Stangel added that even before he took his official visit to ASU, he knew that he was going to commit on his trip, which he ultimately did.

Stangel was ranked as the No. 4 quarterback in the state of California in the postseason by Scout.com, and is ranked as a four-star prospect. He was named All-C.I.F. East Valley Division first-team and Co-Player of the Year in 2006, and earned Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team recognition as a senior. He finished his prep career as San Jacinto High School's all-time leading passer, as he totaled 5,764 passing yards, completing 389-of-649 passes, 49 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. In his senior year he threw for 3,357 yards and 30 touchdowns, and completed 233-of-390 passes. "I have a quick release and I'm accurate," he said of his skills. "I have good footwork, but I need to work on my speed. I also need to get stronger for the next level and learn how to run a college football offense."

Much of his success Stangel attributes to his father, who's not only a coach but a partner. "My dad is an amazing quarterbacks coach," he commented. "Everything I've done I owe it to him. He's worked so hard to help me. He's my trainer – we lift together. When I throw the ball around I throw it to him, because all the wide receivers are running track now. He coached me three out of four years and high school and has been amazing to work with."

Aside from ASU and UTEP, Stangel received offers from Purdue, New Mexico, Nevada and Duke among others. Even though San Jacinto is regarded off the beaten recruiting path, he doesn't believe that this hampered his abilities to get adequate exposure. "My dad always said that if you're a good player schools will find you," he remarked. "Maybe it is a little tougher to get recruited out of here, but we had some players play for D-I schools."

Stangel, who's academically qualified, will arrive on campus on July 1st to take some summer courses and participate in the team's off-season conditioning program. When he gets to Tempe, he'll be one of two scholarship signal callers, along with fellow Southern California product Samson Szakacsy. It's a given that only one of them will redshirt, and Stangel naturally hopes to be the chosen one. Overall, he noted that the fact that him and Szakacsy are coming in the same recruiting class, was never a source of possible apprehension.

"I play my best when I'm competing," said Stangel. "I'm not even thinking about it. I'm a confident player. I'm just gonna come in and work as hard as I can. I'm gonna do everything the coaches ask of me and more. I'm gonna learn from Rudy (Carpenter) and so far he's been great to me. He showed me around and we watched tape together after practice…we have a great class coming in, we have a great team and this season is gonna be a lot of fun."

Recruit Profile

Name Chasen Stangel

High School San Jacinto (Calif.)

Position QB

Height 6-2

Weight 190

Date of Birth 2/14/89

Birthplace Bakersfield, Calif.

Nickname "che-che"

Favorite TV Show "Fresh Prince, Family Matters, and Full House."

Favorite Movie "Rudy"

Favorite Singer "Tupac"

Favorite Food "Chow Mein"

Favorite Drink "Snapple"

Favorite Athlete "Steve Young"

Favorite Pro Team "Los Angeles Lakers"

Person you most admire "My parents. They always have been there for me and helped me so much. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be the player and the person I am today."

One Thing most people don't know about me "I only started to play tackle football my freshman year."

Why did you choose ASU? "The coaches, the location and playing in the Pac-10."

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"My goal since I was a little kid is to play in the NFL. If not, I'd like to be a coach and a teacher like my father, grandpa and uncle were."

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