We already know LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is a treasure in Baton Rouge. The stories of his unique personality are endless. From his one-of-a-kind voice to the red bull-chugging tale and his blatant hatred for Alabama, there are almost too many reasons to love Coach O.
That was until you hear the story of how Orgeron reeled in former LSU outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson. Chaisson’s story about how Coach O recruited him might not beat Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh sleeping over at a recruit’s house or Alabama head coach Nick Saban sending Alvin Kamara 105 letters in one day, but it’s pretty darn close.
Chaisson, who is in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, recalled how his commitment unfolded to PFT Live.
K’Lavon Chaisson’s LSU Recruiting
Chaisson was rated as a four-star defensive end and the No. 37 overall prospect in the 2017 class coming out of North Shore High School in Houston, Texas. Everyone thought he was going to join the Texas Longhorns. Everyone except Orgeron, of course.
One night, Orgeron knocked on Chaisson’s door at 4 a.m. Chaisson and his family had to a catch a flight a couple hours later, so the LSU coach followed the high school football player to the airport and even walked through TSA with him.
Sporting News transcribed the full story:
“I was going to take my talents to Texas, and he kind of wasn’t having that. He set up a home visit. I was on the way to Florida for an official visit. And I was like, ‘Coach we don’t have time for a home visit. I’m about to head out.’Advertisement
“Man, he came to my house at 4 in the morning knocking on the door while everybody’s asleep. He made sure he got his visit in. And I was like, ‘Coach we’ve got to head to the airport. We’ve got to be there for (a 6 a.m. flight).’ And he literally followed me to the airport and walked me all the way through TSA and was like, ‘Bro, we got to have you. Please. Please.’ He was like, ‘I know what to do with you. I’m telling you, we’re going to the best of duos.'”
Coach O got his man. Chaisson took an official visit on Jan. 13, 2017, and signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the LSU Tigers on Feb. 1, 2017.
Chaisson became an instant impact player as a freshman in ’17. He was named to the Freshman All-SEC team and by his junior season he earned All-SEC First Team honors. He racked up 92 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks over 26 career games at LSU.
Chaisson wasn’t the first top-flight recruit Orgeron reeled in, and there will certainly be more. Let’s just hope the next elite recruit is OK with the occasional 4 a.m. visit.