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MADISON - Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen has added another recruit for the 2013 recruiting class, and he didn’t need to do much character research to see if the transfer would be the right fit.
First reported by KFAN program director Kevin Graham out of Salt Lake City, Logan (Utah) linebacker Chasen Andersen was released from his letter of intent at BYU, will enroll at Wisconsin and grayshirt this upcoming season.
“I respect BYU football in every way and thank them,” Chasen Andersen tweeted.
Andersen blew out his ACL, MCL and meniscus the third play of the first game last fall. Graham reported that while Andersen’s knee is strong, he will finish his rehabilitation at Wisconsin. As a junior, he led Class 4A in tackles with 156 and earned a scholarship from BYU at the school’s high school summer camp last year.
Andersen also had offers from Montana State, Montana Tech and Weber State.
Andersen was rated a two-star recruit and the No.96 middle linebacker in the country by Fox Sports Next. He originally committed to play for his dad at Utah State, but picked BYU after the transition to Wisconsin.
“When my dad left Utah State, I was kind of thinking about doing something different,” said Chasen Andersen at the time. “I grew up always wanting to play for my dad. The reason why I committed to Utah State was because I always wanted to play for my dad.”
While Gary Andersen continued to talk to Chasen about coming to Wisconsin, the best he could offer was a preferred walk-on, as UW was short on scholarships and had needs at quarterback and secondary players.
“He was trying to push me to come to Wisconsin and said I could come up there and walk-on,” Chasen Andersen said. “I talked to my dad and he told me that at the time they had 15 commits already and there were only so many scholarships left to use for those positions they really needed. He said the staff was going to use the remaining scholarships to fill their needs and a linebacker wasn’t one of them.
“He told me that I would have a scholarship as soon as someone graduated though. He kept on saying, ‘I can get you up here. Do you want to come and play?’ I told him, ‘I’m set in stone with BYU and I want to play for BYU.’ I understand the whole walk-on thing and then you’re given a scholarship afterwards, but I wanted to play for BYU and he’s been really supportive.”
The Badgers unofficially have 81 scholarship players on their roster, which doesn’t include grayshirts Andersen, Sam Raridon and Austin Ramesh.