IU One Of Five Offers for Chaisson

Texas quarterback Joe Chaisson, Jr., has been drawing attention from programs both locally and nationally, including some from IU Coach Terry Hoeppner's program.

The state of Texas seems to be a hot place for quarterbacks these days, but the Indiana Hoosiers have some work ahead of them if they hope to lure one of the Lone Star State's best north to Bloomington.

Indiana has recently extended an offer to 6-1, 161-pound West Brook H.S. (Beaumont, Texas) quarterback Joe Chaisson Jr., however the up-and-coming star seems to be looking closer to home for the college of his choice.

"I'm not at all familiar with Indiana," said Chaisson. "(Indiana running back's coach) Gerald Brown has been the one contacting me from there. I don't know if I'll get up there to see them because that's a long way from here and I haven't discussed that one with my family."

Terry Hoeppner and his Hoosier staff are not the only ones looking at Chaisson and it looks like they will be competing against some big-name programs for the attention of the District 22-5A Most Valuable Player, who passed for 1,646 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran for 774 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.

"I have five (offers) right now," he said. "Baylor, Iowa State, Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri. Oklahoma, LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M have been calling and every now and then I get a message from Miami.

"The attention has been great. I've already made two trips. I went to A&M's senior day and I went to one of Oklahoma's spring days. I'm going to Miami at the end of the summer and I hope to make it to Tennessee at some point in the summer."

With so much attention from big programs near his home, it appears as though it will be tough for the Hoosiers to get Chaisson to Bloomington for a visit and they will have to compete with two early favorites close to home.

"I haven't narrowed anything down just yet," said Chaisson. "I'm keeping everything open, seeing what I like. I can narrow it down later on. I don't have any sort of timetable, though. Staying close to home is on my mind, but it's not a big issue.

"I've followed Texas A&M and Oklahoma for a long time. My sister went to A&M and my cousin went to Oklahoma and played football for them. So I've seen a lot more from those schools."

Schools are after Chaisson because of his athletic ability can change a game with one play. Even though he did score more touchdowns with his feet than his arm, Chaisson does not want to be labeled a running quarterback.

"I'm an even quarterback," Chaisson said. "I can run it, but I'm not strictly a running quarterback. It's not one or the other. Coaches have told me I'm a playmaker. Doesn't matter if I stay in the pocket or take off with it, I make plays."

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