For some high school prospects, the recruiting process is a stressful burden, for Chad Artist it just the opposite. Once his hometown school, Utah State extended an offer, recruiting became a lot easier to deal with.
"When Coach Wells offered me this spring, everything became a lot more simple for me," Artist explained. "It was a simple decision, with the Aggies, it is a program I have been around my whole life. My dad played there, they are literally down the road from where I live, and I've really grown close to the coaching staff. I really can't remember a time when I wasn't an Aggie."
Utah State has been a program on the rise these last few years, and landing the Logan High School speedster is proof that the Aggies continue to move in the right direction. Artist is arguably Utah's fastest football player in the class of 2015. He won the state championship in the 100 and 200 meter dash this spring. If Artist's new blazing speed translates to the football field his senior year, there's a good chance schools like Washington State, Boise State, and Utah continue to recruit the Logan receiver.
"If I have a big time senior year and new offers come in, I really could care less," Artist claimed. "I am an Aggie, all the way. I am going to stay home no matter what. At this point, I am really just focused on my senior year, and winning a state championship at Logan. I will try to recruit some guys that I've met at USU camps to come play with me, but on the whole, I just want to have a great senior year."
Coach Weber has been instrumental in recruiting Artist. Coach Weber and Coach Wells were the first two coaches to hear from him after he made up his mind to commit.
"I wanted to commit in person with the coaching staff, but Coach Wells is on vacation in Hawaii," Artist said. "I called him and he was really fired up, and said he was really proud to have me join the program. Coach Weber was the next person I told, and he was really excited too. I have a great relationship with Coach Weber, and look forward to playing for him."
Artist may be one of the best skilled players in Utah this year, his speed and size make him a dynamic wide receiver.
"I would say that my best asset is my speed," Artist stated. "I am a true deep threat, and I do a great job catching the long ball. I can also be a physical receiver and run short & intermediate routes. The fact that I will be playing in front of my hometown is huge for me. I've got a lot of Logan pride, and playing in front of my family and friends won't allow me to go less than 100%. I can't wait to suit up for the Aggies."
Keeping the best local talent home is crucial to becoming a good football program, and today that's exactly what the Utah State Aggies did...
Keeping the best local talent home is crucial to becoming a good football program...