Recruiting: OU has family ties to Texas QB

Beaumont, Texas quarterback Joe Chaisson profile.

Joe Chaisson, QB, 6'3, 175, 4.6, BEAUMONT WESTBROOK, TEXAS:

Joe Chaisson is the cousin of former OU starting offensive lineman Kelvin Chaisson, but Kelvin obviously got the size in the family and Joe got the skill. Chaisson was at Kelly High School in Beaumont where he played wide receiver and cornerback before moving to quarterback his sophomore year. After his sophomore year, Joe's coach at Kelly, Craig Stump, was named head coach at Beaumont and Joe followed him to Beaumont.

"The move was real good for me personally and good for my career," said Chiasson. "I think Coach Stump is a real good coach and I wanted to stick with him. Plus, the high school was right down the street so it went real smooth."

Last season, Chaisson rushed 146 times for 777 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he threw for 1,658 yards and 14 touchdown passes whil completing 126 out of 231 passes. In 2004, Chaisson rushed for 1,013 yards and 15 touchdowns, while throwing 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns.

"We run the spread offense and I am a big part of that offense, or the quarterback is the big part of our offense," said Chaisson. "We run a lot of read run game where I read the tackle. I like our run game a lot. I like being a part of this offense. I think it takes advantage of my abilities."

Chaisson has been offered by LSU, Tennessee, Baylor, Missouri, Iowa State and Indiana thus far.

"I am keeping an open mind right now, because outside of LSU and Tennessee, who I have watched on TV, I really don't know much about the rest of the schools," said Chaisson. "I just want to learn all I can about the schools offering me so that I can make a good decision."

Chaisson was at the Sooners' second scrimmage with his family, so just how interested is he in Sooners and what are the Sooners interest in him?

"I liked it a lot up there. They treated me real nice," said Chaisson. "I enjoyed talking to all the coaches on staff and I enjoyed talking to Coach (Kevin) Sumlin and Coach (Josh) Heupel. "Oklahoma has told me that they are very impressed with me and that I am very high in their recruiting process. If Oklahoma offered me they would be at the top of my list. It would be a great deal to go where my cousin went to school and to keep that tradition going."

Chaisson also plays baseball and starts in rightfield.

He is expected to qualify.


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