Galena Park North Shore defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson chases Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger during the 2015 Class 6A, Division I championship. Chaisson will be selected in the NFL Draft this week. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

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Star defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson picks LSU

Posted February 1st, 2017

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K’Lavon Chaisson broke hearts in Austin when he committed to LSU on national signing day. Chaisson, a four-star defensive end, was the top target left in Tom Herman’s first recruiting class at Texas. The Longhorns were considered the leader until a late visit to Baton Rouge put the Tigers in the lead. Chaisson joins the rest of the Texas elite in 2017. The entire top 10 of the Fab 55 is heading out of state.

The five-star defensive end was at the top of Texas’ recruiting board in the weeks leading up to national signing day. Here is a scouting report on Chaisson from the original wish list:

“Chaisson knew how to put on a show at North Shore. He capped his junior year with a defensive MVP performance in the Class 6A state championship game win over Westlake, and he recorded four sacks in the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month. Chaisson is best when he’s unleashed; he’s a pass-rushing specialist with a nose for the quarterback. He uses his hands well, but it’s his elite first step and overall athleticism that made him so hard to block at the prep level. Chaisson isn’t a heavy end, and his weight has led some to believe his true college position might be linebacker. But it’s more likely that he’ll add 20-30 pounds in a college strength program and continue as a defensive end.

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The evolution of passing offenses makes defensive end one of the more valuable positions in football. If you don’t believe me, look at the NFL Draft. All teams need players who can create negative plays, and Chaisson specializes in sacks. The Longhorns’ two-deep at defensive end looks good heading into 2017. Chaisson’s niche of pass rushing could lead him to snaps early in his career, especially on third downs.”

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