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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Legal path cleared for top OU recruit Chaisson

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Top Oklahoma recruit Justin Chaisson has finalized a plea agreement that will dismiss all felony charges against him stemming from his alleged attack on an ex-girlfriend.

The Oklahoman reported today that Chaisson pleaded no contest to four gross misdemeanors in Clark County (Nev.) Court: two counts of false imprisonment, one count of malicious destruction of private property and one count of conspiracy to commit coercion and/or false imprisonment in connection with a March 17 incident in Las Vegas.

District Judge Stefany Miley approved the plea agreement and sentenced Chaisson to three years probation and 120 hours of community service, the Oklahoman reported.

The court ruling would potentially allow Oklahoma to supervise the probation, perhaps opening an opportunity for him to attend school there.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has made no determination on whether he would honor Chaisson's scholarship.

Chaisson was one of the Sooners' top 2009 recruits after a stellar career at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. During his final two seasons of high school, he produced 148 tackles and 28 sacks as one of the nation's top defensive ends. He received scholarship offers from a host of top schools, including Iowa, Arizona, UCLA and Florida along with Oklahoma.

Bishop Gorman has been a fertile recruiting area for the Sooners in recent years. Running back DeMarco Murray and linebacker Ryan Reynolds both attended high school there and former Gorman coach David White is now a graduate assistant for the Sooners.

It will be interesting to see what Stoops does with Chaisson's case.

It's the second-straight year Stoops will be facing a thorny legal problem he will have to decide on.

Top receiving recruit Josh Jarboe of Cedar Grove High School in Decatur, Ga., eventually made it to Norman last summer after his two felony gun charges were pleaded down to misdemeanors. Jarboe was kicked off the team during the summer after a YouTube video of him rapping about shooting people surfaced on the Internet.

Jarboe eventually surfaced at Troy University, where he was arrested earlier this year by university police and was charged with misdemeanor harrassment. Jarboe took part in spring practice for the Trojans this spring.