LSU junior linebacker Devin White is coming off a fantastic 2017 season where he racked up 133 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and an interception, and is expected to be one of the top linebackers in college football in 2018.
However, when speaking with local Baton Rouge media on Sunday, White expressed high expectations for a fellow linebacker, sophomore K’Lavon Chaisson.
Chaisson was the #4 weak-side defensive end in the class of 2017, according to the 247 Sports Composite during his playing days at North Shore High School in Houston, Texas. In his freshman season at LSU, he proved to be one of the more versatile outside linebackers in the country and finished the season with 27 tackles, 2 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, and SEC All-Freshman Team honors.
According to White, that was just the appetizer of what his young teammate will do in an LSU uniform.
Devin White just predicted that K’Lavon Chaisson would break the #LSU single-season sack record this year.
“I expect everything from him. The sky is the limit.”
— James Moran (@SmartestMoran) August 5, 2018
Chaisson is expected to have a big 2018 season, in what could be the Tigers’ strongest position group going into Ed Orgeron’s second full season at the helm. He has gotten off to a good start in fall camp, receiving praise from Orgeron as an early standout, according to NOLA.com.
“K’Lavon Chaisson took off with his preparation in his practice today,” said Orgeron after Saturday’s practice. “He was hard to block coming off the edge.”
The current single-season sack record for LSU is held by Arden Key, who recorded 12 sacks in the 2016 season. Key was drafted in the third round by the Oakland Raiders in the 2018 draft.
The expectation for Chaisson to break Key’s record is a lofty one, but it seems as though no one involved with LSU football believes it is out of reach.