Chad Artist racked up more first place finishes in track this spring than he can keep count of. This past weekend, Artist ended the track season in style, winning the championship in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. Every other week it seemed like Artist was setting a track meet record, posting some eye popping numbers.
"This season has been a blast," Artist said. "I really worked hard this winter on getting stronger and faster, and that hard work has paid off. I got faster and faster as the season went on. I definitely surprised myself a few times, running the 10.64 at the Davis Invitational being at the top of that list."
The blazing track times, solid junior football tape, and a great work ethic have led a lot of school to check out the Logan wide receiver. Montana State and Southern Utah were the first schools to offer Artist.
"I was really excited and relieved when Montana State and SUU offered," Artist claimed. "But after those offers it was quiet for a few weeks. I wasn't too worried about it, because I had track to focus on and have just been planning to have a big summer. I was really just grateful to have those two offers."
Last night, the floodgates on Artist may have burst. In less than 24 hours, his number of offers has jumped from two to five.
"Coach Seward, the running backs coach at Army offered me last night," Artist said. "It was kind of out of the blue, because they hadn't really been recruiting me. I actually have a call tonight with Coach Monken, Army's HC. I will have to learn more about Army, I know West Point is a great school with a lot to offer. I haven't really thought about a military academy in the past, but I am open to it."
Artist found out today that Coach Wells wanted to meet with him and his father, so right after school he headed a few minutes away to Utah State.
"I really didn't know what to expect, but it felt like something big since they invited me, my dad, and my high school coach, Mike Favero," Artist explained. "We talked for a half hour and at the end Coach Wells offered me. It's hard to express what this offer means to me. My dad played at USU in the 80's, the school is literally right in my backyard, and they are really trending up on the football field. I wouldn't call USU my dream school, but they are definitely one of my favorite schools."
Utah State could have a tough time keeping Artist home, outside of Porter Gustin and Branden Bowen, he may have the hottest stock in Utah right now. Arizona State and Washington State have been in contact with Artist this spring, he will be camping with both schools this summer. He and his dad will be busy with close to 10 camps this summer. If Artist's track speed converts to the football field, he could easily see his number of offers multiple again.