A little less than three years ago, the recruitment of top-40 national prospect K’Lavon Chaisson played out between the Texas Longhorns and LSU Tigers, with the Bayou Bengals coming out on top. On Saturday, the two programs will meet on the field for the first time since 2003 and Chaisson has some strong opinions about whether the school he nearly signed with has a chance in that game.
“It’s definitely going to be a good game next week,” Chaisson said on Tuesday. “Obviously, going against guys from the Texas area, those guys really strongly believe they have a chance. I don’t.
“But you know what I’m saying, that’s what you’re supposed to do. But like I said, it’s going to be a good game.”
Chaisson’s comments cross over the line of confidence into the type of arrogance that so often defines the SEC superiority complex. It’s the same complex that had Missouri players talking trash to Texas players before the Texas Bowl in 2017 and the same complex that let Georgia think they could walk into the Sugar Bowl and assert their dominance over the Longhorns.
Things didn’t go as expected for either team.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, Chaisson had already shared his view of Texas junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger.
“I knew it was coming,” Chaisson told Brian Holland of WGMB. “I saw it on the schedule as a recruit. I’m glad we get to go against him again. I don’t really find him too much of a threat. Not taking a shot at him, but he uses his legs more than his arm. Just like high school. He has a decent arm, but it’s more about his legs.”
The two faced off in high school when Westlake took on North Shore for the 6A Division I title, with Chaisson emerging as the game’s defensive MVP in the overtime victory after Ehlinger lost a crucial fumble near the goal line. Ehlinger threw for 201 yards in that game.
Of course, Ehlinger has more than proven himself as a passer in college, too — his 3,292 passing yards last season rank fifth in school history and he’ll likely move into third place for most career passing yards later this season.
So Chaisson would be wise to put some respect on the name of Sam Ehlinger and recall what happened to the last two SEC opponents that underestimated Texas.