Louisiana Could Bear Fruit This Recruiting Season

Recruiting prospects from the state of Louisiana has not yielded positive results for the Alabama football program in recent years. However, the addition of a new coaching staff with ties to the ‘Bayou State' may reverse the trend. No fewer than four assistant coaches on Dennis Franchione's staff have spent time coaching on the college or high school level in Louisiana.

Safeties Coach Ron Case (Louisiana State), Running Backs Coach Lee Fobbs (Grambling, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana State, Tulane), Offensive Coordinator Les Koenning (Southwestern Louisiana), and Carl Torbush (Louisiana Tech, Southeast Louisiana) have all coached on the college level in Louisiana. Additionally, Director of Football Operations Charlie North has a nephew, Billy North, in the head coaching position at John Ehret High School (Marrero). Fobbs also coached on the high school level at Carroll High School (Monroe) and Wossman High School (Monroe). In fact, Fobbs' ties run so deep in the state that he was the natural selection to add Louisiana to his recruiting duties.

Already, Fobbs is hot on the trail of a linebacker prospect who attended the Alabama/UCLA game this past Saturday. Rufus Alexander, a 6-foot-1, 204-pounder from Christian Life High School in Baton Rouge, likes both Fobbs and the Crimson Tide.

"Alabama is number one on my list," said Alexander. "I went to the game Saturday and I liked the intensity of the defense because they were all over the field. I also like the coaches. They are real nice and they care about their players. Coach Fobbs is pretty nice and he's recruiting me."

Alexander has also attended games at Louisiana State and he has an interesting comparison of the fans at both schools. His assessment of Alabama fans is consistent with other prospects who attended the first game of the Franchione Era.

"I like the fan support at Alabama," said Alexander. "Alabama fans are a little bit crazier than LSU fans."

Over the summer, Alexander attended summer football camps at Alabama and Louisiana State. The Tigers are also on his early list along with Florida, Tennessee, and Texas.

Alexander also attended the Nike Camp in Baton Rouge this past spring. At the camp, Alexander ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds and had his vertical jump measured at 31.2 inches. As further evidence of his athleticism, Alexander also averaged 20 points and nine rebounds per game in basketball.

Last season, Alexander was only allowed to participate in four games due to a transfer rule. In fact, the same ruling will not allow him to participate until the fourth game this season. Still, Alexander has not lost his enthusiasm for the game of football.

"Football is a tough sport," said Alexander. "You have to want to play and I can't wait to get back out there."

Editor's Note:Reliable sources indicate that Rufus Alexander has a scholarship offer from the Alabama coaching staff.

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