Chaisson's High on the Hogs

Arkansas is known to be looking to sign a quarterback in its 2007 class and that guy could very well be Beaumont West Brook star Joe Chaisson (6-3, 180), who will take an official visit to Fayetteville on Jan. 13-15 and hopes to be offered a scholarship at that time.

Beaumont (Texas) West Brook quarterback Joe Chaisson came very close to committing to the University of Tennessee this past summer, but now may instead find himself on the visitor's sideline next fall in Knoxville.

That's because Chaisson (6-3, 180, 4.6) has plans to visit the University of Arkansas on Jan. 13-15 and commit right away if given the opportunity.

"If I get up there and everything is like I expect it to be, I could see myself committing on the spot," Chaisson said. "Arkansas is at the top of my list now and the only visit I am going to set up at the moment."

Chaisson is coming off a senior season in which he passed for 1,789 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 771 yards and another 13 scores while running his team's spread offense.

He entered the summer with scholarship offers from Tennessee, LSU, Missouri, Iowa State, Indiana, Baylor and UTEP to name a few.

Chaisson had an affinity for the Volunteers at the time, but was not ready to pull the trigger just yet and Tennessee moved on once it got a committment as did LSU.

His current options include Arkansas, Missouri and Iowa State.

"In this recruiting process, I just wanted to take my time and make the best decision," Chaisson said. "As it turns out, that might be Arkansas so things may work out the way they needed to anyway."

Chaisson is being recruited by Razorback quarterback coach Alex Wood, the former NFL offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback coach with the Minnesota Vikings.

"I've been talking to him a lot and he seems very smart and like someone I could learn a lot from as I continue to develop," Chaisson said. "I am looking to get better every day and with a guy like that with his background I know that's exactly what will happen."

Chaisson knows that Arkansas has sophomore Casey Dick and freshman Mitch Mustain already on its roster.

"I know what the situation is there and the coaches have told me that they are looking for someone to come in, redshirt, work hard and develop into a great quarterback that can be ready to go from the time it becomes his turn," Chaisson said. "I've got no problems with that as I want to come in and learn and develop and be the guy when I get the opportunity."

Chaisson played his sophomore season at Monsingor Kelly – throwing for over 2,000 yards and rushing for over 1,000 while combining for 36 touchdowns - before transferring to West Brook when his coach Craig Stump took over the head coaching post there.

He would go on to have a high school career in which he accounted for 91 touchdowns that would see him pass for 5,435 yards and 49 TDs and rush for 2,545 yards and 42 more scores.

"I have always viewed myself as a guy who tries to make the play happen with my arm at first, hanging in there and letting the play develop," Chaisson said. "But I can also get it down with my legs and feel I am a guy that is a dual threat and can hurt you both ways."

While he has been listed as having run a 4.9 at a Scout.com National Junior Combine in San Antonio last January, Chaisson chalks it up to a bad time on a slow surface.

"No, that's not right – not even close," Chaisson said. "I consistently can run a 4.6. I am fast enough to run away from someone chasing me."

Chaisson helped Stump turn a program that was just 2-8 back into 2004 into one that went 8-2 in 2005 and then 9-4 this season while advancing to the third round of the Class 5A state playoffs this season.

He ended up his career by completing 19-of-37 passes for 284 yards and two scores and rushed for another score in his team's 44-27 loss to Cy Falls while also throwing three picks.

"We helped turn the program around this last couple of years, but wanted to go a little deeper into the playoffs than we did," Chaisson said. "We had a very good season and I think I had success individually within the team framework."

Chaisson entered the spring as a 6-2, 161-pounder, but has grown into a 6-3, 180-pound athlete now.

"I just started everything I was eating and trying to add a whole lot more intake that was good for me," Chaisson said. "It's allowed me to get bigger and be able to take on tacklers better."


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