West Jefferson Prospect Report

West Jefferson is being mentioned as a serious contender for the '12 state crown in 5A, and Buccaneers head coach Marcus Scott and defensive coordinator Dartanian Miller talked with Fox Sports/Scout.com about a handful of the program's top prospects, including three-star WR Ronald Lewis.

West Jefferson was evicted from the 2011 Class 5A playoffs in the first round by Byrd, but the Buccaneers have their sights set on the pinnacle of Louisiana prep football for this upcoming season.

The Buccaneers have a wealth of playmakers at receiver.

Ronald Lewis, the nation's 56th-ranked WR prospect, holds offers from Arizona State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Tulane, Colorado and Florida International, according to Scott.

"Ronald is a combination return man and receiver," said Scott. "He can play three or four positions. Some people say they want him for safety or corner in college, and he can do it; he's a versatile athlete."

Miller also weighed in with his thoughts on Lewis, who was the starting QB for a few games last year after sophomore starter Chevin Gouges injured his shoulder.

"Gouges is our quarterback," said Miller. "He got hurt in week two or three last year and stayed out until around week eight. He's 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and has a terrific arm.

"Lewis is in the middle of track season right now and doesn't have a favorite when it comes to recruiting. I'm not sure what (schools) he likes. Ronald was supposed to go to Mississippi State's Junior Day, but he skipped it because we had a track meet that day.

"He's talked about attending Arizona State's Junior Day, although I'm not sure if they already held that event. I'll ask Lewis. He's a good kid who appreciates every offer. His recruiting process will be very open because that's the type of kid he is. Everybody has a legit shot at him, and every school is the same to him right now."

Miller said Lewis will probably camp at LSU this summer.

"Ronald is the fastest player on our team in the 40-yard dash (4.4 range), while Devin Scott is faster in the 200 meters and 400 meters," said Miller. "Devin is ranked first in the (New Orleans) metro area in the long jump with a 23-10, and he could easily jump 24 feet with better technique."

Coach Scott said Devin Scott (no relation) has an FIU offer, in addition to in-state offers from the likes of Southern and Grambling State.

"Devin is a good athlete with true straight-line speed," said Coach Scott. "He can really jump and really run."

The Buccaneers have another college prospect at receiver in 6-foot-4 Quanties Armond.

"He was behind some people last year (on the depth chart)," said Miller of the junior WR.

"A lot of people are sleeping on defensive back Parry Nickerson (6-0, 175, Jr.). He's the brains of the secondary and is smart. He has a 3.6 grade point average and recorded 73 tackles last year with four interceptions and five passes broken up, and that was playing out of position at safety."

Miller will move Nickerson to his natural corner spot this fall.

"He was a real little guy who was nicknamed 'Flea' when he was coming up," said Miller of Nickerson. "He's growing up.

"D'Aquin Winthrow, our 6-foot-5, 275-pound junior, anchors the offensive line. He has offers from FIU and Colorado and has heard from Minnesota."

With expectations swelling at West Jeff for the '11 season, what does Coach Scott have to say about his squad as spring practice draws near?

"We've been waiting for this group to become seniors," he said. "We're pretty excited about their potential, and it's our job to mesh the talent on the team together.

"We've let our receivers know that they probably won't catch 100 balls due to our depth, but 40 receptions might be all good. They understand the sacrifice. We don't have prima donnas on this team."


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