Having a solid relationship with your high school head coach can help tremendously, especially when you're leading the team at the quarterback position. Just ask Beaumont (Texas) West Brook Joe Chaisson who made the switch when his coach did before his junior year.
Former Beaumont (Texas) Kelly head coach Craig Stump came over before the 2005 season to take over at Westbrook and his quarterback came with him. Big prospect Billy Chavis and Chaisson battled it out for the starting spot and the new teammate walked away with the starting position.
"Billy and I had a good competition," Chaisson said. "I couldn't just go over there at take it. We had to fight for it. But, Billy is such a good player that he floated around at different positions while I just at quarterback."
Chaisson says his junior season at this new school went very well considering having to adjust to new teammates. He ended up with 1,646 yards and 13 touchdowns on the year while rushing for 774 more and running in 15 scores.
Now, with his senior season coming up, Chaisson has started to receive recruiting interest from a few schools.
I'm getting mail from mainly Iowa, Texas A&M, and LSU," Chaisson said. "Those are the ones that send a lot so they stick out to me. They've been the most consistent. Right now I'm just getting in all the information."
It's obvious that Chaisson knows about the big game atmosphere. He started as a freshman for Kelly and has continued that over at Westbrook. His awareness is obviously a strong suit having so many live reps under his belt.
"I'm alert out there and aware of everything," Chaisson said. "I always know what's going on during the game."
As for junior days, he says that he's been trying to make it to Texas A&M, LSU, and Iowa. In terms of when he wants to make a commitment, that is something that he's not sat down and thought about yet.
"I'll probably just wait and see to find out who offers me," he said. "Whenever I like what I see, I'll make my commitment."