The Rest Of The Story

Sunday afternoon we caught up with LSU's newest commitment Chase Clement but the interview was cut short because he was on his way to church with his family. On Monday night we caught up with the 4-star defensive end to get the rest of the story on his big decision.

Chase Clement

LSU fans are well aware of the purple and gold bloodlines that run deep in Clement's family but two days after he became a Tiger it still hasn't sunk in yet.

"I've just been so pumped that it seems like it's still a dream," said Clement. "I've been so pumped up all day and all I think about is putting on that jersey for the first time and taking the field with my new team. I'm just so excited right now and just ecstatic as hell."

Probably everyone who grows up following the Tigers always dreams of what it would feel like to be able to run out of that North end zone tunnel on a Saturday night and that is something that Clement can't stop thinking about.

"I can't stop thinking about what that is going to feel like," he said. "To be able to run onto that field with the band playing and 92,000 fans screaming for you is going to be the best feeling in the world. I don't know what the real thing feels like yet but I can't wait for that day to come. I know it's going to be awesome."

Clement had an offer list that included some of the country's top schools so aside from the family ties he felt to LSU what else made him decide to stay home?

"I love the coaching staff," he said. "The coaching staff is outstanding and I felt really at home with coach (Josh) Henson, coach (Doug) Mallory, coach (Les) Miles and really all of the coaches. The thing that kind of topped it off was when I went on my official visit and got to hang out with some of the football players.

"When I hung out with the guys I could tell they were so tight and they had that bond. I said to myself, I could really get along with these guys because it's such a great family atmosphere. I've been bleeding purple and gold since I was little so I was always leaning to LSU but this weekend cemented everything in mind."

The relationship Clement has with the coaching staff played a big part in his decision but his bond with LSU's headman was key to the Tigers' success.

In fact, while some recruits LSU has targeted has expressed some concern over whether or not Miles would be leading them in the future Clement said that was something that really never bothered him much.

"Coach Miles told me when all of these rumors got started that he would be coaching LSU for a long time and that if I went there he would be my coach," Clement said. "I believed him when he said that because he is a man of his word. You get a little nervous when you hear things on TV but I always felt I could trust him and that he was a straight shooter."

Now that Clement has made his decision and the recruiting process is over he will turn his attention to a couple of all-star games.

After that, though, his attention will shift to Jan. 7th when LSU battles Ohio State for the BCS Championship in New Orleans.

Does he have a prediction?

"We're going to win," predicted Clement. "We're definitely going to win and come out on top. It's going to be a real good game but the SEC is going to come out on top."

While Clement predicts that this version of Tigers is going to hold up the crystal ball he doesn't think it will be the last time LSU accomplishes that feat.

"We are going to be good next year and we're going to compete for championships down the road," he said. "LSU is not one of those programs that rebuilds. Coach Miles is always bringing in top talent every year and they just reload and get ready to play for another championship the next year."


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