The action is fast and furious in the "Boot State" as National Signing Day draws near. Seniors aren't the only prospects grabbing headlines, though, as four-star Westlake junior Jacory Washington generated a huge buzz on Saturday when the nation's third-ranked tight end became LSU's first in-state 2014 pledge...
LSU added commitments from two 2014 prospects on Saturday when Jacory Washington and William Clapp chose the Tigers at the "Boys From The Boot" junior day. The 6-5, 220-pound Washington and Clapp, an offensive lineman from Brother Martin, are both ranked among the top 300 juniors in the country. LSU now has four verbals in the 2014 class.
John Curtis Christian junior linebacker Kenny Young got an LSU offer, his second overall, on Saturday at Boys From The Boot. Young's first offer came via Ole Miss, which is reportedly the leader for teammate Duke Riley.
TCU hosted Riley (three-star 2013 LB) over the weekend. He's scheduled to visit Tulane next with Ole Miss on deck for the weekend of the 25th.
On Sunday afternoon, Alex Apple reported that Riley had canceled his Tulane trip, although the senior changed his mind one day later after Tulane coaches visited the Curtis campus.
Hawaii offered Curtis 2014 DB Mattrell McGraw. It was the first offer for McGraw, a 6-0, 185-pounder who is equally proficient at safety or corner. Hawaii also has an offer out to New Iberia Senior High 2014 DB Daniel Lewis. The UCLA Bruins recently informed Lewis that he's welcome at an invitation-only summer camp.
Louisiana Tech added a commitment from senior wide receiver Kevin Spears (Holy Cross) on Sunday, although things could change when Spears takes an upcoming visit to LSU, which offered yesterday.
Ouachita 2013 WR Taijuan Thomas took his official to Stanford over the weekend. The speedy (4.39 in the 40-yard dash) and studious (4.0 GPA) Thomas is committed to the Cardinal. His ex-teammate, LB/DE hybrid Caleb Tucker, enrolled at Houston and began classes last Thursday.
Arkansas was on the campus of Class 5A state champ Archbishop Rummel yesterday. The Razorbacks are recruiting senior tight end/fullback Cethan Carter, who is coming off an official to Nebraska. Winnfield product Alonzo Moore hosted Carter on behalf of the Huskers. Both LSU and Alabama are expected to attend Carter's basketball game (vs. Brother Martin) this evening.
Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett was in New Orleans Monday to check on standout Seminoles' center pledge Ryan Hoefeld, who visits Tallahassee the weekend of January 25th.
Four-star DE Tim Williams (University Lab) is scheduled to visit Florida State the same weekend as Hoefeld, but that trip is in limbo after Williams pulled the trigger on a commitment to Alabama. The Crimson Tide will wage war with LSU for years to come at U-High, home to blue-chippers Garrett Brumfield (2014), Nicholas Brossette (2015) and Dylan Moses (2017).
Tulane commits Kenneth Santa Marina (McDonogh #35) and Corey Smith (O.P. Walker) will visit the Green Wave this weekend along with a plethora of other prospects. Santa Marina (Utah) and Smith (Arizona State) both had trips scheduled elsewhere this past weekend.
Nicholls State got a potential "diamond in the rough" when Loreauville 2013 WR John Reed (pictured below) committed Saturday during an official visit to Thibodaux. The son of Loreauville's head basketball coach, Reed toiled in the shadows of teammates Jermaine Antoine and Rhashid Bonnette much of the past two years, but his talent is well-known in the Acadiana region.
Southeastern Louisiana landed 6-3, 315-pound defensive tackle Taylor Cochran out of St. Charles Catholic. Cochran was an immovable force on SCC's 2011 state championship team that went 15-0.
McNeese State reportedly no longer has room for Catholic-New Iberia QB Joe Lissard, who was expected by many to become a big steal for the Cowboys. No word yet on whether Central Arkansas is still in the picture for Lissard. UCA and McNeese were the only offers for the senior signal-caller.
Jamal Chevis (Beau Chene) is looking for a destination after Louisiana Tech lost coaches Sonny Dykes and Pierre Ingram to California. Tech was the only offer for Chevis, who is small but extremely fast.
Nicholls St. commit John Reed (Loreauville) shown in action vs. Central Catholic in week one of the 2012 season