By Ray Hamill — Yet another former Eureka Logger is heading to the Division-I ranks in college, with the news this week that Chase “Biscuit” Steubing has accepted a preferred walk-on spot to play football at the University of Idaho.
Steubing was a two-year varsity starter for the Loggers and played a key role in their historic march to the state playoffs in 2018, before moving to Spokane, Wash., for his senior season in order to get more exposure for D-I schools in the area.
And the move appears to have paid off.
“This was always my first choice,” Steubing said of Idaho. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play Division-I football in that area. We just love the area.”
Despite having all their seniors eligible again next year because of the COVID restrictions this year, the Idaho coaches jumped at the opportunity to bring Steubing on board after he reached out to them.
“They looked at my film and thought I was a good fit for their program,” the former Logger said.
Steubing’s defensive coordinator at Eureka High — and current head coach — Andrew Haraldson was not surprised to hear the news.
“Steubing’s an amazing kid,” Haraldson said. “He was a great teammate, a great leader and very coachable. Just everything you want in a football player. He always worked hard and never complained.”
Steubing will play linebacker for the Vandals after two sensational years playing playing multiple positions for the Eureka varsity team, but he knows he’ll have to be patient and work hard if he wants to earn a spot on the roster.
Especially with so many of this year’s seniors expected back, a situation that will affect every incoming college freshman in 2021.
“I’m going to have to be a little more patient,” he said.
Steubing was a first-team all-league selection for the Loggers as a junior in 2019 and says he will always remember his playing career in Humboldt County, which helped shape him into the player he is today.
He was born in Las Vegas and moved to Eureka in 2008, playing youth football for both the Ferndale and Eureka Junior League programs.
He played three years at Eureka High, including two at the varsity level where he made an immediate impact as a sophomore on the legendary 2018 senior-heavy Loggers team that was undefeated during the regular season and reached the state semifinals.
“I’ll always have that bond with them,” he said of his Eureka teammates. “I won’t remember the losses and the wins, but I will remember the guys.”
That camaraderie is a big part of what he loves about the game of football.
“I just loved that family feeling when I was back at Eureka,” he said. “And just that feeling of hitting in general.”
Steubing, who was top-three in the North Coast Section in tackles as a junior before missing the final two games with a thumb injury, has yet to play for his new team at West Valley High in Spokane, with his senior season scheduled to kick off in March.
“It’s 90 to 100 percent we’ll have a season,” he said.
He admits the lockdown has been difficult, but has continued to work hard and remain motivated.
“I’ve been staying in shape and working out on my own,” he said.
Steubing also knows it will be a whole new challenge at the Division-I level, but is confident he will make the grade.
“My goals and plans are doing the best I can and fighting for that position,” he said. “And getting up to the weight I need, and show them I’m the better player.”
The Vandals play in the Big Sky Conference in the FCS, where they were 5-7 in 2019.
They are scheduled to play a shortened 2020 season this spring.
Steubing will join former Eureka teammates Miles Meynell (UC Davis) and Isaak Gutierrez (New Mexico) at the D-I level.