Louisiana Prospect Review: WRs

Get a comprehensive look at the wide receivers in Louisiana's Class of 2013...

(Prospects listed alphabetically by last name)

Donald Gage
Donald Gage (Redemptorist) - 6-0, 175 -- Gage does a nice job of working the sidelines on deep routes. He plays on the small-school (Class 2A) level and enjoys frequent mismatches against overmatched defensive backs. Last year, Redemptorist frequently lined up Gage alone on one side with trips on the other, and he often beat double coverage.

Gage has good speed and great athletic ability. He ran a sub-4.5 at the Baton Rouge National Underclassmen Combine several days ago, and he's the reigning state champ (and Junior Olympic gold medalist) in the long jump. Gage displays unusual toughness and that will come handy if he makes the move to defense in college. Has an offer from North Texas.

Ronald Lewis (West Jefferson) -- 6-0, 185 -- Lewis is not only a great receiver, he's a dangerous return man on special teams. He has average size, but this junior from the West Bank of New Orleans has above-average strength which enables him to shed arm tackles in the open field. The Buccaneers were forced to use Lewis at quarterback last year, and he didn't disappoint.

Ronald Lewis
His reverse field scramble for a touchdown was one of the best plays you'll see anywhere. Lewis is elusive and difficult to stop, which is why the West Jeff staff loves to get him the ball on running plays (reverses, speed sweeps, etc.). He has an uncanny knack for making cuts while keeping near full throttle with his acceleration. Lewis doesn't mind sacrificing his body if he can gain extra yardage. He'll cut inside and absorb the big hit rather than go out of bounds. His coaches report offers from Arizona State, Texas A&M, Tulane and Colorado. Tulane is pulling out all stops to land Lewis, similar to what the Green Wave did with Darion Monroe in the '12 class.

Kent Shelby (Archbishop Shaw) -- 6-3, 175 -- Looking for a sleeper with big-time skills? Check out Shelby, a long strider and another New Orleans West Bank prospect. He hauled in 45 passes for 813 yards and 12 touchdowns last year, but Shelby is still under the radar in recruiting circles. His numbers should improve even more this fall, now that Shaw '14 QB Quentin Gibson has a year of experience under his belt. Jesuit boasted one of the top Class 5A teams in the state in '11, and Shelby throttled the Blue Jays' secondary for nearly 300 yards receiving. He spent last year in the slot but is expected to split outside, where he's more naturally-suited and comfortable, for his senior season. Shelby is able to concentrate and make the difficult catch across the middle in traffic. This junior's height makes him an inviting red zone target. Although Shelby doesn't have any offers yet, it's only a matter of time.

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