Former Harrison QB rising in college ranks
by Emily Horos
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December 19, 2012 12:46 AM | 4530 views | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One year removed from throwing his final pass at Harrison, and after a successful season at Georgia Military College, Clay Chastain (17) will be taking his quarterbacking career to another stop — as the potential starter in Georgia State’s first season as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.
<Br>Special photo by Anthony Stalcup
One year removed from throwing his final pass at Harrison, and after a successful season at Georgia Military College, Clay Chastain (17) will be taking his quarterbacking career to another stop — as the potential starter in Georgia State’s first season as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.
Special photo by Anthony Stalcup
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Clay Chastain wanted to make his first season at Georgia Military College the best he could.

The former Harrison High School quarterback certainly did that.

Chastain helped the Bulldogs to a bowl game for the first time since 2008 after achieving a 7-3 record during the regular season. He was also named the most valuable player of the Heart of Texas Bowl after passing for three touchdowns, though Georgia Military lost 30-23 to Navarro College.

“It was a good season,” Chastain said of his time at the junior college in Milledgeville. “I didn’t really know what to think when I started the year, honestly. I didn’t know if I was going to be starting. I didn’t know the whole situation, but it ended up being awesome.”

The freshman threw for 1,907 yards and 20 touchdowns during the season with just seven interceptions in nine starts.

The season had the impact Chastain was going for as he soon garnered attention from some Division I programs.

“I got some good looks from a couple good schools,” he said. “The season worked out alright.”

After weighing his options, Chastain decided to make his commitment to Georgia State. He will begin classes in January and be with the Panthers for spring practice.

He’s picked a good time as Georgia State will begin its transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. The Panthers also have a new coach in Trent Miles, who replaced the retiring Bill Curry.

Chastain, who has three years of eligibility remaining, said the coaching staff expects him to be Georgia State’s quarterback in the fall. He said he’s happy to join the Panthers’ program because of its growth and its proximity to family and friends in Cobb County.

“They are going (FBS), and I just feel like it’s going to be a good fit for me being so close to my house,” Chastain said. “A lot of my friends and family can come to the games. It’s just a good situation for me to be in.”

Much like he felt going into his first season at Georgia Military, Chastain isn’t sure what to expect at Georgia State. He knows the coaching staff is looking to him to quarterback the team, but he knows nothing about his future teammates.

“The new coaches that they brought in are really good,” he said. “My offensive coordinator has coached a couple of Pro Bowl quarterbacks, so I feel really confident in what they can do.”

Georgia State’s offense will be helmed by Jeff Jagodzinski, a longtime NFL and college coach who, through his many stops, has worked alongside Brett Favre, Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Hasselbeck and Matt Ryan.

“All I know,” Chastain said, “is they want me to come in an be the guy.”
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Austin L Dad
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December 19, 2012
Bruce, glad to hear that Clay is doing well.Thanks so much for your time with Harrisons program and wishing Clay the best.
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