"I Fell in Love with OU"

One of Oklahoma's early commitments came from out-of-state defensive end Justin Chaisson. Now as he looks back on his decision, he can actually feel the excitement despite the fact he has not even started his senior year. So what has the talented Chaisson done during the off-season? Sooners Illustrated has the scoop.

It has been exactly two months and a couple of days since Bishop Gorman (NV) defensive end Justin Chaisson gave his verbal commitment to Oklahoma. Now with that big decision behind him, there's no looking back and definitely no regrets.

"I had been to Oklahoma a few times and I just fell in love with the place," Chaisson said of Oklahoma. "I had been to all of the other schools that had offered me and met all of the coaches. But with Oklahoma, I fell in love with everything and that is why I chose them."

Back in April, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Chaisson made the pledge to the Sooners over other offers like Florida, UCLA, LSU, California, and Oregon to name a few. While the overall experience was big for the Nevada prep star, there is one thing in particular that he is looking forward to the most.

"I can't wait to get up there and play for coach (Kevin) Wilson," Chaisson said. "I can't wait to get down there and start playing in Norman."

So what has Nevada's 2007 defensive player of the year been doing?

"We just got through with spring workouts and we will start doing things this summer as well," Chaisson said. "You know we won state last year so we know we have to work harder this year to repeat, but we feel we can get it done."

Last season Chaisson finished the year with over 100 tackles and 24 sacks. He said it is his ‘whatever it takes attitude' that has brought him a level of success, and he plans to continue that trend in 2009 in Norman as well.

"I am one who will show up at practice everyday," Chaisson said. "I want to work hard to be the leader of the team. Whatever it takes to get there I will do it."

While Chaisson looks to be the leader of the team, another Sooner commit is likely to be thinking the same thing. Luckily, both of them are aiming for the same goals.

"Tom Wort and I talk about every couple of weeks," Chaisson said. "The last time we spoke about how spring ball was going for each other. We tell each about what we did during the off-season. It's good that we are building a relationship and becoming friends before we get out there."

Not only does he talk with a few commits, there are a few uncommitted whom he would like to bring on. He spoke of one in particular.

"I'm excited about all of the talent players we have coming in. Hopefully we can get more," Chaisson said. "I would like to see (Lufkin, Texas) Jamarkus McFarland come in with us. We can always use some really good interior defensive lineman. But I know that it is his decision and I don't think that other players can change players' minds.

"Nobody likes to be forced to do anything."

So what about Chaisson's decision?

"Oh, don't worry about me, my word is 100 percent," Chaisson said.

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