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ESPN 300 DE K'Lavon Chaisson has two on top

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson, the 54th-ranked player in the country, is one of just 12 uncommitted players remaining in the top 60 of the ESPN 300.

The four-star prospect from Houston has set up visits to four schools in January and named two of those schools as his favorites.

“I’ll visit LSU on Jan. 13, Texas is on the 20th and USC is that last weekend, the 27th,” Chaisson said. “I know I’ll do a mid-week visit to Colorado, just not sure which dates yet.

“Right now my attention is heavy on LSU and Texas. I’ve been talking with those schools a lot. I know their defenses and I’m real familiar with the coaches, scheme and just the schools overall with the tradition and academics.

USC, which will get Chaisson’s last official visit before national signing day, is hoping to make up ground with his visit.

“I’ve always had interest in USC, I’ve just never had a chance to get there,” he said. “I definitely want to get there and talk with them about how they want to use me. I wouldn’t say that LSU and UT just got it on lock; any other school can still get it. There’s no rush, I just want to see what USC and Colorado are all about.”

Being from Houston, Chaisson was already familiar with former Houston head coach Tom Herman, but the Under Armour All-American admitted that his interest in Texas started long before Herman was hired as the Longhorns new head coach.

“I was looking at Texas before, when coach [Charlie] Strong and coach [Vance] Bedford were there,” Chaisson said. “It’s the Big 12 and they throw the ball a lot. As a defensive end, you just want to be able to rush the passer. I’ve been looking at Texas just from academics-wise and alumni, it’s just a great school overall. It’s really wasn’t just coach Herman that turned me on to Texas, I’ve been looking at UT for a while.”

Despite being interested in Texas from earlier in the recruiting process, Herman certainly has helped Texas’ chances of landing the talented pass rusher.

“I know you really can’t fall in love with coaches, but I love those guys, they are real cool,” Chaisson said of the new Texas coaching staff. “And then the game plan, just the way they set it up. They had their conference on lock with their defense and the way they did Louisville, really brought attention to me.”

Chaisson, who will make his decision on national signing day, has been to LSU on several occasions as an unofficial visitor and his relationship with new LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is a big reason they are in his top two schools.

“It’s just special with me and Coach O,” Chaisson said. “He took a chance on me and offered me before I had taken any varsity snaps,” Chaisson said. “So I definitely have to take that into consideration. I honestly believe without that offer I wouldn’t be here and be on everyone’s radar. I really appreciate him for that.”