This is another segment where we take a look at the “Future in Louisiana” and today we take a look at a pair of prospects for the 2013 class in Destrehan’s Rickey Jefferson and Dutchtown’s David Elias.
City/School: St. Rose (Destrehan HS)
Position: Wide Receiver/Cornerback
Height/Weight: 5-10.5/185 lbs.
40 Time: 4.40 (LSU Camp)
Self-Reported Bench: 250
Self-Reported Squat: 425
Self-Reported GPA/Test Score: 3.0/No test score
Looking Back at 2010: Jefferson began to flourish during the back half of his sophomore campaign and he finished the year with 22 catches for 388 yards and five touchdowns, and also added 225 yards and two scores on 24 rushes. He was also a weapon in the return game and played some spot duty at cornerback.
An Eye on 2011: Expect a lot of big plays from Jefferson during his junior campaign as Destrehan head coach Chris Stroud will try and get him the ball multiple ways with more touches through the air and in the ground game. He will also get a chance to show what he can do on defense in the secondary when the Wildcats need him back there but he will be such a focal point on offense that Stroud will not want to wear him out.
Quick Analysis: The staff tried to get the ball to Jefferson any way it could last season and he showed that it was a smart move as he had a knack for turning nothing into something. He has good speed and is a good open field runner. Some want to compare him to former Destrehan and current Tulsa receiver Damaris Johnson but Jefferson is more of a physical player whereas Johnson was so shifty. That’s not to say that Jefferson doesn’t have good open field moves or can’t make cuts on a dime. But whereas Johnson was a guy who could dance around and make multiple cuts in the open field, Jefferson uses his speed more to get to open space.
There will not be a lot of film of him on defense but Jefferson worked out at cornerback at LSU’s camp this summer and he looked as fluid with his backpedal and turning and running with receivers as he did running routes. He is such a fluid athlete that you could see that everything he does on the field comes fairly easy to him once he gets a few reps.
I love what he can do with the ball in his hands but his size may push him to the defensive side of the ball when you take into account how much he likes to hit and how deep Louisiana looks to be with receivers for 2013.
Schools in the Mix: LSU offered after the June camp but expect many more to come once Destrehan gets back in school mid-August. Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Florida, Auburn and Ole Miss are some of the other suitors.
Sonny’s Take: In the beginning, there was some talk that LSU would have some work to do with Rickey Jefferson due to some of the negativity that the family has endured with fans with his older brother Jordan Jefferson’s career at LSU. However, LSU is in very good shape with Rickey and I would even say that they are the big leader from my vantage point. Rickey has said that the Tigers are his top team, and while I feel that an early commitment could come, I could also see him taking some visits and enjoying the process a little and flirting with Alabama. In the end, though, I firmly believe he ends up in purple and gold and keeps the Jefferson tradition going down on the bayou.
City/School: Geismar (Dutchtown HS)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height/Weight: 6-2/245 lbs.
40 Time: 4.78 (LSU Camp)
Self-Reported Bench: 345 lbs.
Self-Reported Squat: 425 lbs.
Self-Reported Power Clean: 295 lbs.
Self-reported GPA/Test Score: 3.5/18 ACT
Looking Back at 2010: Elias provided a spark for Dutchtown’s defense as he played defensive end but in the Griffins’ system he resembles more of an inside guy due to scheme. He logged 60 stops and was a first team all-district selection despite playing three quarters of the year with a broken hand.
An Eye on 2011: Dutchtown should have a stellar defense in 2011 and it all starts up front for the Griffins with Elias and UL-Lafayette commit Darrien Batiste. Elias is bigger, stronger and obviously more experienced that he was last season, but he’s also improved his flexibility and technique which should help him be more active and make more plays.
Quick Analysis: Elias is the type of kid who will probably be a 400-plus bench guy by the time he leaves Dutchtown and while that may not mean much in terms of football ability it speaks volumes on his work ethic and how much he strives to get to the top level. He could play a 3-tech or possibly even a 5-tech in a 3-4 set but I think his future is as a strong, bull-rushing run stuffer at the next level.
Schools in the Mix: Arkansas State offered after one of their coaches worked with Elias at LSU’s camp in July (2011) and he’s also hearing from the Tigers, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and all of the state schools as of the first week of August of his junior season.
Sonny’s Take: Since Anthony “Freak” Johnson came out of the 2011 class there has been a shortage of difference-maker types at defensive tackle. Elias may not be the type of player that can take over a game at any time but he is smart and instinctive and will handle his responsibilities. A big junior season will attract college coaches from the AQ conferences next spring and his strength and ability to hold the point of attack should land him some FBS offers.