Chase Clement (6-5, 240, 4.9) is already an imposing figure on the gridiron at the ripe old age of 16. To go with his impressive stature, the young man is extremely strong in the weight room sporting a 325-pound bench, a 285-pound clean, and he squats over 400.
Clement was a first team all-district selection as a sophomore at defensive end where he registered 65 tackles, seven sacks forced two fumbles and even picked off a pass.
This year, he is starting at middle linebacker and tight end, but it was the skills he flashed catching the ball while camping at LSU and Ole Miss over the summer that has already landed him two SEC offers.
It is not uncommon for college coaches to extend verbal offers to rising juniors but to get one in writing during the month of September of their junior year is quite rare.
"Ole Miss gave him a verbal offer on the spot at camp and then LSU told him that they would be offering," said E.D. White head coach Kyle Lasseigne. "On Sept. 1, Ole Miss faxed over a written offer and last Tuesday (Sept. 5) LSU mailed him a written offer."
What was it about Clement that caught the attention of those coaches?
"They like his size and they liked the way he caught the ball at camp," Lasseigne said. "The first thing you notice with Chase is he is real intense and he knows the game. He is pretty big already but he has some potential to fill out more too. He is a pretty intense kid and he has some good bloodlines."
Those bloodlines Lasseigne referred to would be colored in purple and gold.
Clement's late uncle is former LSU offensive tackle Eric Andolsek, who was killed in a tragic accident a few years back.
Clement was young when he lost his uncle but he has plenty of fond memories and a little that Andolsek left behind to help him strive to be the best.
"Eric built a real nice weight room at his house that Chase is very familiar with," said Lasseigne. "He's heard a lot about his uncle and how good he was and he wants to be just like him."
With those strong ties to the LSU family one would think that it may be hard for any school to lure Clement away from his home state.
Is that an accurate assumption?
"Absolutely," Lasseigne said. "When you fill out a questionnaire and they ask for his top schools, LSU is always at the top. I can't tell you what he is going to do because there are so many schools getting in on him early.
"Charlie Weiss sends him a handwritten letter from Notre Dame about every day. But, he loves the coaching staff at LSU and likes everything about the school. He is going to have a tough decision but you know where his heart is."
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