Georgia State has landed it quarterback of the future.
Clay Chastain, a 6-foot-4-, 215-pound gunslinger from Georgia Military junior college, committed to Georgia State over Youngstown State. The pocket passer also had heavy interest from Auburn and Mississippi State.
“He’s an exceptional quarterback; frankly, I don’t think they (Georgia State) can get a better one than Clay,” GMC coach Bert Williams told the AJC. “He’s smart, he can make all the throws, and he has got one of the quickest releases I’ve seen in a quarterback since I’ve been in coaching – and I’ve been blessed to be around some good ones on teams I’ve coached, or coached against.
“Clay has a knack for making quick decisions and getting the ball out there to the receivers. I think he’s going to be a great quarterback for Georgia State.”
Last year as a senior at Harrison High School, Chastain met NCAA academic requirements but was basically ignored by most college scouts. He enrolled at GMC and beat out the competition for the No. 1 QB spot. In nine games this season, Chastain threw for 1,907 yards and 20 touchdowns with 7 interceptions. He was only sacked once, and isn’t much of a threat to run – with only 24 yards rushing on the season.
Chastain plans to enroll at Georgia State in January, with four years to play three seasons with the Panthers.
“Clay is excited about the opportunity to stay at home, and also be a Div. I-A quarterback at Georgia State as it moves into a bigger conference,” Williams said. “It all worked out for him well.”
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