Las Vegas (Nevada) Bishop Gorman has had an amazing track record of producing elite prospects, and that's something that will continue in 2009. That's because strongside defensive end Justin Chaisson is already well on his way to racking up an offer list from some of the top programs in the nation.
"Right now, I've been hearing from Florida and Oklahoma the most," Chaisson, who is 6-foot-4 and 252 pounds, said. "I actually just got a bunch of offers in the mail. I've got Florida, Oklahoma, Iowa, UNLV, Nevada, Nebraska Those are a few that I know off the top of my head."
Already ranked as one of the top 100 juniors to watch for 2009, Chaisson is already starting to get well into the recruiting process.
"I went on a little camp circuit this summer and went and checked out a lot of schools over the summer," he said. "I'd say I liked Florida the best because me and coach Greg Mattison get along so well. I just really love it down there."
So was the Florida offer the most exciting one so far?
"Definitely," he said. "That was a big time offer for me, but my top teams would be Florida, Oklahoma and Nebraska."
While Florida looks to be in good shape, it's hard not to consider Oklahoma as a real threat also. The Sooners currently have two of Chaisson's old teammates – Demarco Murray and Ryan Reynolds – on their roster and his old high school coach, David White, is currently a graduate assistant for the Sooners.
"It's cool and all but that's not going to make my decision," he said. 'It's great to have them down there already but I'm not going to pick my school based on a few people. I want to fit in with the coaching staff and find a great atmosphere. Demarco has really helped me with the recruiting process and he told me how much fun it is down there. So at the camp we got to hang out and stuff. I just really liked it down there."
Chaisson said he's thinking about taking some unofficial visits here in the near future.
"I was thinking about going to the Florida vs. Tennessee game," he said. "Then I'm going to go to an Oklahoma game. I'm going to wait until my senior year. I'm not going to commit anytime soon."
Chaisson has done some big damage so far in his junior season.
"I had three sacks and then six or seven tackles for a loss," he said. "I had ten tackles all together. We beat Kennedy Washington 30-0. They were good, but we just came out swinging. As a team we don't expect anything less than state."