Louisiana Notebook

National Signing Day for the 2012 class has only been in the books for a few weeks, but recruiting is definitely going full bore for the current crop of juniors in Louisiana...

  • Tevin Horton (John Curtis), Darian Claiborne (Port Allen), C.J. Gatlin (Ruston), Jestin Kelly (Redemptorist), Taylor Cochran (St. Charles Catholic) and Dondre Dobbins (Scotlandville) were at Texas A&M last weekend for the Aggies' Junior Day. Gatlin is a QB who recently transferred to Ruston from Alexandria Senior High.

  • Claiborne, a linebacker from Port Allen, collected several recent offers and has a meeting set up later this week with the staff at LSU.

  • Dobbins and teammate Tanzel Smart are two prospects who have been under the radar but are quickly emerging as players to watch. Dobbins is a safety at Scotlandville, while Smart is a defensive tackle. Smart (6-2, 275) also plays basketball for the Hornets' top-ranked squad. Colorado, which has been hitting Louisiana hard with coach Eric Bieniemy, could be the first to offer Smart.

  • Karr TE Standish Dobard told Scout's Chad Simmons that he's looking to go out of state. LSU is not listed in his current top five. The Tigers are interested in signing two in-state tight ends: Dobard and Desean Smith (Barbe).

  • John Curtis LB Duke Riley picked up five quick offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Colorado, Tulane and TCU. He's scheduled to be at TCU this weekend for the Horned Frogs' Junior Day. How athletic is Riley? He finished second in the 55 meter hurdles in his division at the state indoor track and field meet last weekend.

  • LSU commit Jeryl Brazil (Loranger) broke former Tiger Trindon Holliday's record in the 55 meter dash at the state meet. Brazil clocked a smoking 6.25 in the finals. LSU signee Derrick Raymond (East Jefferson) won the same event in the large school division (Brazil won the small school division). Brazil is working hard to recruit four-star WR Rickey Jefferson (Destrehan) to LSU.

  • Karr CB Noel Ellis added offers from Auburn, Florida State and Texas A&M. Ellis hasn't talked to the media much since attending Junior Days at LSU and Alabama, which were his early two favorites. The Tigers and Tide didn't offer, opening the door for the rest of the SEC and FSU to make in-roads.

  • John Curtis RB Sherman Badie wants an offer from Tulane. The Green Wave are suddenly a fashionable choice now that new head coach Curtis Johnson has taken over. Johnson made a statement by signing East St. John CB Darion Monroe, who was a long-time Texas A&M commit. Badie placed third in the 55 meter dash in the small school division at the state track meet (behind only Brazil and Chris Lewis of Lakeside). Badie beat out notable names such as Brandon Wilson (Calvary Baptist), teammate Richard Allen (who ran a sub-4.4 at the '11 Under Armour Combine), and Eugene Blazley (Carver).

  • Walker RB Carlton Perkins was offered by North Texas. The Mean Green signed multiple players from Louisiana earlier this month, including Mark Lewis (Livonia) and La'Jaylin Smith (St. Charles Catholic). Ole Miss and Missouri are evaluating Perkins.

  • John Curtis finished first in the small school division at the state track meet. The Patriots' performance was highlighted by their 4 X 200 relay team, which won the event and was comprised completely of underclassmen who also play football: Jacolby Cooper, Brandon Porter, Badie and Allen.

  • Other football prospects who showed out at the state track meet: Donald Gage (Redemptorist) won the long jump in Division II, while Devin Scott (West Jefferson) won the same event in Division I.

  • David Elias (Dutchtown) finished second in the shot put in Division I, while Anthony Taylor and Eric Thomas of John Curtis took first and second, respectively, in Division II. Jerald Hawkins, the LSU football signee from West Saint Mary, was third in the shot in Division II.

  • Shelby Christy (Dutchtown) captured first in the Division I triple jump.

  • If you're looking for a new face who could blow up, check out Corey Smith of O.P. Walker. Smith is a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end who also played tackle last year for the Chargers. He's still growing. Smith and teammate Lyn Clark, brother of current college safety Carvin Joohnson, will fortify O.P. Walker's defensive front in 2012.

  • Finally, it's rumored that St. Augustine will name former South Plaquemines boss Cyril Crutchfield as its new head coach on Wednesday. David Johnson departed from the Gentilly school to join the staff at Tulane.

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