BATON ROUGE, La. – As far as epic recruiting stories go, Ed Orgeron’s pursuit of four-star edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson might be an all-timer.
Chaisson, who signed with LSU in February, recently was a guest on “Off the Bench” on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge and recounted the story of the morning he was set to leave his home in Houston for a recruiting visit in Gainesville.
“That was crazy,” he said, laughing. “It’s 3 o’clock in the morning and we’re just now getting up, me and my grandparents, to head to Gainesville and we hear a doorbell. She’s like, ‘Who could be here at 3 o’clock in the morning?’ The night before, I had six (coaches) there, so I’m like, ‘Did they forget something?’ We open the door and it’s (Orgeron and linebacker coach Dennis Johnson). You know ‘Coach O’ — (mimics his voice) ‘What’s up, baby?’
“We’re all getting dressed to go to the airport, and he followed us there because I couldn’t get into the car with him. Literally, as I’m going through TSA, as I’m going to get checked in, he’s still talking to me. We’re (about to) miss our plane and he says, (mimics voice) ‘Wait. Wait. This about what you want to do. NFLSU.’
“He keeps going and going. ‘The next K’Lavon Chaisson. Not Arden Key. Don’t believe that. The next K’Lavon Chaisson.’ He said, ‘You ever heard of KeKe Mingo?’ I said, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ ‘You’re 10 times better than him.’ He keeps steady going. My grandparents are like, ‘We’re gonna miss the plane.’ Orgeron says, ‘Oh, don’t worry about that. You don’t need to go.’ ”
Chaisson admitted it was that effort from Orgeron that sold him on signing with LSU.
“If you feel like I was that important that you had to follow me to the airport … ,” he said.
Chaisson is expected to contribute immediately as a pass rusher. He told the show that his weight is up to 234 pounds and he’s still running in “the 4.6 range.”
LSU opens the 2017 season against BYU in Houston.
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