This year has been a strange time for Chansen Garcia, but there are still a few gems in the process.
PrepStar Magazine named the Kahuku defensive back to its Class of 2023 All-American team.
“I’m happy. I’m really happy. I’m blessed and thankful this happened for the future. I just keep working. That’s all I can do, is work,” Garcia said on Saturday.
PrepStar reached out to Garcia two weeks ago after seeing video of individual position drills and his 2019 JV games, and 7v7 Pylon footage on social media. Jeff Duva, the CEO of PrepStar and former Hawaii quarterback, contacted Garcia and his father, Ira Casey.
“He just wanted to evaluate me. He wanted game film. Then we had a meeting with him on the computer,” Garcia said.
Academics and numbers like a 4.52 time in the 40-yard dash contributed to the process. Garcia’s grade-point average is 3.6. He has a scholarship offer from Navy so far.
“This fall I’m just going to be training, working on my speed, working on all the little things,” he said.
PrepStar locates and ranks the top 350 players in the country, Casey noted. It also provides a recruiting service for a fee, but the rankings are not based on membership.
In the meantime, Garcia has learned a valuable lesson during this second lockdown.
“I learned to change the tire and fix the tire. This was a month ago. My dad taught me how,” he said. “It was kind of hard pushing it in and stuff, but I figured it out.”
The daily routine is sharp and disciplined. Garcia has three honors classes: Algebra II, History and English.
“Sometimes I finish my (online) school work early so I can work out,” he said.