Getting to know BYU commit, TE/DE Kaden Chidester (Class of 2022)

Kaden Chidester is a BYU football commit for the Class of 2022, making a verbal commitment on June 16, 2021. 

Chidester is a 6-foot-8 240 pound defensive end, defensive tackle, and offensive tackle that preps at Richfield High School (Richfield, Utah).  He is projected as an athlete at BYU that could play tight end, defensive end, or even offensive tackle. As a junior he had 12 tackles (five solo) with a tackle for loss, eight quarterback hurries, and five passes defended.  As a sophomore Chidester had six tackles (one solo), four quarterback hurries, and two passes defended (MaxPreps). He also plays center on the Richfield basketball team.

Chidester has not yet been rated by 247Sports. BYU is his first scholarship offer.   

I caught up with Chidester to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?

Chidester:  Because it felt like home the moment I walked on the campus.  I just got such a strong feeling from what all the coaches were saying that this is the place that I needed to be.  This is the place that will make me the best football player, student, and man possible.

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?

Chidester:  Pretty much anything with Denzel Washington, all the Wolverine movies, and most comedy or action movies.  My favorite band would have to be Metallica and I love anything from rap to country music.  Oh, and there’s no better cereal than Cinnamon Life.

BYU Insider: What is one of your greatest accomplishment in sports?

Chidester:  Bringing a region championship to Richfield for football for the first time since 1985.  

BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Chidester:  Try your hardest in everything that you do because even though it might hurt in the moment the rewards you will get from it will last a lifetime.

BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?

Chidester:  Aaron Donald (DT, LA Rams)

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