Louisiana Recruiting Notebook

The prep football season is just around the corner in Louisiana, but the recruiting season never ends in the Bayou State - always a fertile ground for college prospects. Lutcher RB Daniel Taylor - perhaps the most exciting offensive player within the state's borders - is considering making his commitment on Friday. What's happening in Louisiana? Read further to find out.

--Daniel Taylor, the three-star RB from Lutcher, is seriously thinking about making his collegiate decision this Friday. Taylor informed Scout.com today that - if it goes through - he plans on announcing around 6 P.M. Taylor and his teammates tangle with Dutchtown and blue-chip safety Landon Collins in the season-opener next month.

--Speaking of Landon Collins, he's reportedly going to take official visits to Florida and Texas, although LSU and Alabama are considered to hold hefty advantages over everyone else. After his dominant performance last month at The Opening, Collins vaulted from No. 6 to No. 2 in Scout.com's safety rankings. Furthermore, he added a fifth star.

--Collins and Denzel Devall, the four-star DE from Bastrop, are the state's two highest-ranked uncommitted players. Devall had recruiting fans on "commitment watch" last month when he visited Texas A&M, but he returned to north Louisiana without issuing a pledge to the Aggies. It's difficult to get a reading on Devall's intentions. He's stated that Texas A&M and Alabama are his leaders, but you certainly can't rule LSU out of the equation. On a side note, Devall and Bastrop host Woodlawn-SH and four-star OLB Torshiro Davis (LSU commit) on September 16th. If Devall spends time at TE, you might see him go head-to-head with Davis.

--Northside, a perennial Class 4A playoff contender, may be without its starting quarterback, Jasper Turner. According to sources, Turner left the team for the second time this year. No word on whether head coach Vince Derouen has left the door open for Turner to return. Vikings WR Dwayne Benjamin surprised many people when he committed to play hoops at UTEP. Rumors had circulated that Benjamin (6-5, 195) was in the running for SEC football offers.

--Several days ago, Texas A&M commit Alonzo Williams moved from Abbeville to Long Beach, California. The three-star defensive end said his commitment to the Aggies remains as strong as ever. Last week, A&M head coach Mike Sherman picked up a pledge from another Louisiana defensive end, Julien Obioha (Brother Martin). Obioha is considered to have as much upside as any prospect in the state.

--Gerron Borne committed to Arizona this week. The three-star defensive tackle from East St. John will join fellow Louisiana natives Cortez Johnson (O.P. Walker) and Jonathan McKnight (John Curtis Christian) in Tuscon. Wildcats' assistant coach Garret Chachere - who was responsible for recruiting Borne - is from the metro New Orleans area.

--Patterson DB/WR Trevon Stewart pledged his services to the Houston Cougars last weekend. The Lumberjacks are loaded with Stewart, four-star LB Lorenzo Phillips (Florida commit), WR Jaydrick Declouet (Vanderbilt commit) and LB Tremaine Lightfoot.

--Tulane made a run at offensive linemen over the past several days. Five of the Green Wave's nine pledges are OL, including New Orleans products Alex Paul (Newman) and Todd Jacquet (Jesuit). Head coach Bob Toledo would love for Jacquet's teammate -- three-star LB Deion Jones -- to join the Tulane recruiting class.

--Dominick Bilich (Archbishop Rummel), another offensive lineman from the Crescent City, was on Tulane's wish list, but Bilich decided on Wednesday to ally himself with the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. UL head coach Mark Hudspeth recently added another prospect from the Big Easy: St. Augustine DB Dominick Jones.

--LB Royce LaFrance (Helen Cox) gave North Texas the nod last Saturday at the Mean Green's camp. LaFrance and cousin Quadry Antoine (Belle Chasse, Mississippi State commit) are arguably the two hardest-hitters in the state. Woodlawn-BR defensive back Devante Davis also committed to North Texas last month.

--McDonogh #35 QB Jyron Walters was offered by Arkansas State. Walters did an excellent job of filling in for Theltus Cobbins last year when Cobbins (Kentucky signee) was sidelined by injury. Arkansas State also offered '13 DL David Elias from Dutchtown and '12 ATH Dillon Beard (Zachary). Beard can play TE, WR, LB or S.

--Winnfield ATH Alonzo Moore visited Nebraska last weekend for the second time this summer. While Moore apparently bonded with Huskers safety P.J. Smith (John Curtis alum) on the visit, it's possible that he'll decide to stay local and ultimately sign with nearby Louisiana Tech.

--Pierson Villarrubia, the 6-foot-5 offensive tackle from Lakeshore, got his first offer from an unusual source: Washington State. Turns out that Villarrubia's mom resides in the Pacific Northwest and has helped market her son to grateful coaches in the area.

--Ruston cornerback Kentrell Brice withdrew his commitment to Missouri this week. Brice and teammate Cyril Noland have expressed a desire to play together in college.

--Memphis received a visit from Hahnville DB Johnell Celistan last weekend. Celistan and teammate Jerquinick Sandolph (LSU commit) are a formidable tandem in the secondary for the Tigers.

--Archbishop Shaw DE Stephen Gibson may be making his choice soon. Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech could be the schools to beat for his services.

--SMU extended an offer to '13 all-purpose back Hakeem Deggs (Plaquemine). Deggs is also a dynamo on special teams for the Green Devils.

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