Chaisson pledges to Arkansas

Beaumont West Brook quarterback Joe Chaisson, who passed for over 5,000 yards and rushed for over 2,000 more while accounting for 91 touchdowns in his career, has decided to sign with Arkansas.

Beaumont (Texas) West Brook quarterback Joe Chaisson proudly announced his commitment to the University of Arkansas by changing the welcoming message on his cell phone to the Razorback fight song.

"I thought the visit was just amazing and there is a wonderful opportunity for me at Arkansas to grow as a player and a person," Chaisson said. "They said there is a wonderful opportunity up there for me in the future and I thought that (the fight song) was just a great way to let everybody know that I am proud to be an Arkansas Razorback."

Chaisson passed for 5,435 and 49 touchdowns during his high school career and rushed for 2,545 yards and another 42 scores.

He passed for over 1,789 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season and rushed for 771 yards and 13 more scores.

"I think my strength is I have a very accurate arm and I am able to use my feet to keep a play alive," Chaisson said. "I need to add some strength, but feel real good about most parts of my game."

Chaisson had offers from Tennessee and LSU back in the summer, but those schools moved on after getting commitments from other signal callers.

In addition to Arkansas – which offered this weekend on his visit – Chaisson had offers from Missouri, Iowa State, Indiana, Baylor and UTEP.

"Some people might say I messed up by not taking the offers (from Tennessee) and LSU early, but I feel like I wanted to take my time and make sure of things and now everything has worked out for me," Chaisson said. "I think I was supposed to be a Razorback all along."

Chaisson said the UA coachs got him excited on the weekend visit.

"I am real excited," Chaisson said. " They told me how much they wanted me while I was up there, and that they were fired up about me. That got me fired up about the program."

Chaisson said there was no one thing about the visit that stuck out because everything was amazing.

"Everything was real nice," Chaisson began. "The facilities and the coaches were probably the two highlights. I mean everything there caught my eye. The weightroo was massive, and all of their other facilities were amazing."

Chaisson's parents also made the trip, and he reports that they were equally impressed with the program.

"Oh yeah they loved it," he informed. "They were as impressed with everything as I was."'s Greg Powers also contributed to this story.

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