Two Stansbury senior football players committed in 2013 to play at Division-I universities.
Defensive tackle Allan Havili verbally committed to play for the University of Utah on Feb. 9, 2013, and quarterback/linebacker Chase Christiansen verbally committed to play at Utah State University on July 16, 2013.
The two players graduated from high school in December and will begin attending classes in January 2014 to get a head start with their education and football practice at their respective schools.
“It will be a huge advantage to be able to go in early, start conditioning, start working on our degrees, learn the football system and practice with the team in the spring,” Christiansen said. “We will be way ahead of those who graduate in May.”
Stansbury football coach and Chase’s father Clint Christiansen is pleased with the early exit from high school by his two star players
“I’ve had Division-I football recruits in the past as an assistant at Timpanogos, and as head coach at Provo High School. But I’ve never had two Division-I kids who graduated early like this so they can start early with football and their college education. That’s what I’m most excited about,” coach Christiansen said.
The Stansbury football team will miss the services of three-year starters Chase Christiansen and Havili. Opponents are glad they’re gone.
“They’ve been a tremendous asset to our football team. They are both great students and great leaders,” their coach said.
Havili excelled as a defensive tackle where he made 145 tackles in his high school career with four sacks. Havili also played offensive center.
Chase Christiansen started at quarterback on offense and linebacker on defense. As a quarterback he passed for 1,358 yards with 16 TD passes. He rushed for 2,351 yards and 38 touchdowns. He averaged 7.08 yards per carry. On defense he made 118 tackles.
“Both of them are very dominating football players. Both are extremely quick and big and strong,” the coach said. “Every opponent had to figure out a way to stop those guys.”
Rivals.com listed Havili as the fifth top college recruit from the state of Utah. He had offers from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon State and Utah State.
Christiansen had an offer from Navy, but liked the idea of playing close to home where he could visit his family more often in Stansbury Park.