HOUSTON — LSU made a splash last June when it extended an offer to an unknown athlete named K’Lavon Chaisson.
Fast forward a year, Chaisson is rated as the nation’s No. 5 weak-side defensive end and, naturally, one of the top outside linebacker targets on the Tigers’ wish list for the 2017 recruiting class.
Making the visit to North Shore High School (Houston) on Tuesday for one of three Texas-based satellite camps, the LSU coaching staff got a chance to visit with the four-star prospect, who admitted that he remains appreciative of that offer he earned 12 months ago.
“I believe if I never got that offer from LSU, I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now,” Chaisson told SEC Country. “They put me on the map before I even played a down of football. Me and LSU are tight, and I thank God every day that they gave me a chance. Now I’m blessed to be in the position I am in now.”
The LSU coaches’ visit to Houston comes merely three days removed from Chaisson spending the whole weekend on LSU’s campus for its first high school camp, the same event where he earned his first offer.
The four-star edge-rusher was the lone elite prospect to spent the full weekend in Baton Rouge, La., and couldn’t hide the reason why — the SEC power just holds a special place in his heart.
“LSU is a fun place,” said Chaisson, who made his second visit to the campus of 2017. “Every time I get out there, I have fun. I don’t know, it’s just the vibe I get when I’m at LSU. More than any other place, I mess with them more any other college. They were the first offer me, so me and LSU, we’re tight.”
It was a quick turnaround for the 6-foot-4, 211-pounder to again see Dave Aranda, Ed Orgeron and Les Miles, this time on his home turf.
Earlier in the today, the Tigers coaches were at nearby Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas), where five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson plays.
They ended their visit to the Lone Star State at Chaisson’s high school, and the talented defender can connect the dots.
“It means a lot,” said Chaisson. “I know one main reason maybe is, I believe, because of me. It’s a nice place, a nice facility. North Shore is not a bad place to host a camp at.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.