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A familiar face will be patrolling the sidelines when Utah State’s football team kicks off spring camp in March.

Former Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton will be joining the USU coaching staff. The former first-team all-conference signal caller spent the previous two seasons on Oregon State’s staff, where he was a quality control assistant and helped out with the QBs during the 2017 campaign.

Keeton announced in a Thursday Twitter post that he will be returning to Cache Valley. A source close to the program said Keeton will be replacing Brad Kragthorpe, who recently accepted a job at LSU, his alma mater. Kragthorpe spent two seasons at USU as an offensive graduate assistant.

“Excited to get back to where the wild ride began! #AggieNation I’m back!” Keeton posted on his Twitter account.

Keeton played for USU from 2011-15 and his name is etched throughout the record books. The Houston native was riddled by injuries during his career, but was one of the all-time Aggie greats when healthy. Keeton ranks first in Utah State history in total offense (8,808 yards) and touchdown passes (62), and is second in passing yards (7,393), completions (672), attempts (1,068) and completion percentage (.629).

Keeton graduated from USU in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

USU’s coaching staff remains largely intact from this past season, but the Aggies will have to replace co-defensive coordinator Kendrick Shaver. Shaver, a USU assistant coach since 2011, accepted a position on Mike Leach’s staff at Washington State. The news was first reported by Isaac Draxler of late last week.

Shaver’s position at WSU has yet to be announced, but the Cougars recently lost linebackers coach Roy Manning to UCLA. Shaver has coached cornerbacks, safeties and linebackers while at Utah State.

The native of Eufaula, Oklahoma, coached three defensive backs who were selected in the NFL Draft during his time in Logan. Those former Aggies are Nevin Lawson, Will Davis and Maurice Alexander. Additionally, Shaver, the 2012 Co-Defensive Backs National Coach of the Year, mentored 2017 All-American cornerback Jalen Davis.

Verbal commit

USU’s coaching staff has had a fair amount of success on the recruiting trail during the past few days. Three high school seniors have pledged their commitments to the Aggies since last Saturday.

The latest verbal commitment is from cornerback Michael Anyanwu. Utah State head coach Matt Wells alluded to Anyanwu’s decision Wednesday night on Twitter and a source confirmed it to The Herald Journal on Thursday.

The Covina, California, native also had scholarship offers from Army, San Jose State, Navy, Cal Poly and UC Davis according to his Twitter account. USU offered Anyanwu last November.

During his senior season at Charter Oak High, Anyanwu recorded 10 interceptions, 32 tackles and broke up 11 passes in 13 games.

The 5-foot-8, 185 pounder led the 12-1 Chargers in INTs and chipped in with 22 receptions for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

As a junior, Anyanwu earned all-California Interscholastic Federations (CIF) accolades. He was one of 20 Division 4 players honored on the defensive side of the ball.

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Jason Turner is a sports reporter for The Herald Journal. He can be reached at or 435-792-7237.

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