What's the connection between four-star TE Standish Dobard (Miami commit) of Edna Karr High School and 6-foot-6 defensive lineman Corey Smith from district rival O. Perry Walker? We'll tell you inside and give you a recap of recent recruiting news in Louisiana.
Corey Smith of O.P. Walker reported an offer from the Miami Hurricanes. Smith is the cousin of Miami commit Standish Dobard, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end out of 4A state runner-up Edna Karr. According to Smith, he and Dobard have discussed the possibility of playing together at Miami, which signed DL Jacoby Briscoe of 5A state runner-up Carencro in February. In case you missed it, Karr is our preseason No. 1 in 4A for the second straight year. O.P. Walker is No. 8.
Lyn Clark, a junior linebacker and teammate of Corey Smith at O.P. Walker, got his first offer from Memphis. Clark's frontrunners include Houston and the New Orleans Bowl champion Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns.
Four-star CB Noel Ellis of Edna Karr reported new offers from Baylor and Nebraska. Ellis visited Miami with Dobard a few weeks ago.
LSU commit Jeryl Brazil, a four-star CB, defends his 3A state titles in the 100 and 200 meter dashes this weekend. Brazil (Loranger HS) is shooting for a 10.1 in the 100. He's heavily-favored to win both events (and that's an understatement).
West Monroe CB Xavier Woods added new offers from Stanford and Tulane. Houston was first to offer Woods, who will be a senior leader for the defending 5A state champs this fall.
Fox Sports/Scout.com expects to make it out to spring practice at the following schools (and possibly more): Westgate, Catholic-New Iberia, New Iberia Senior High and Loreauville. Westgate is home to offensive guard Josh Boutte, an LSU commit. Catholic has a couple of promising underclassmen and a stellar '13 QB in Joe Lissard. NISH's team leader is inside linebacker Dre Fusilier, an undersized (5-9, 215) but athletic and hard-nosed '13 prospect.
Loreauville should have an explosive offense with coordinator Rhett Peltier spreading the football around to WR/RB Jermaine Antoine (offers from Texas A&M, Memphis, Southern Miss and the UL Ragin' Cajuns, among others) and WR Rhashid Bonnette.
'14 QB Raymond Bonnette, older brother of Rhashid, is another returning starter for the small-school powerhouse.
Tulane offered three-star prospect Deondre Skinner from Class 3A Patterson. Skinner is the nation's 22nd-ranked tight end. Patterson posted a 9-0 mark in the '11 regular season. The Lumberjacks' sole loss came in the second round of the playoffs to eventual state champ St. Charles Catholic. Where will Patterson, which reached the state championship two years ago, debut in our Class 3A preseason rankings? Answer coming soon...
LSU commit Tre'Davious White (Green Oaks) says he added an offer from Southern Miss. White will play CB or WR at LSU, and he'll most likely play QB (and DB) this fall for first-year head coach Spencer Heard and the Giants.
Central Catholic-Morgan City WR/S Dontrell Brown (pictured below, photo by Scott Kennedy) participated in the Atlanta NIKE Football Training Camp. Brown attended Junior Day with the UL Ragin' Cajuns and the UL staff expressed significant interest in Brown, according to teammate Josh Singleton. Brown, Singleton and LB Lamar Grogan all attended the Cajuns' Junior Day. Grogan is the younger brother of Louisiana Tech signee and three-star prospect Lloyd Grogan.
Ruston tight end John David Moore ran a 4.15 shuttle at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes combine in north Louisiana. Moore (6-3 1/2, 210) also recorded a 32-inch vertical.
Nebraska is among the programs that are taking more and more of an interest in Archbishop Rummel QB Damian Williams. The Huskers were at the Raiders' campus in Metairie recently. Williams (6-1, 215) is a gritty runner who reminds you more of a fullback than a tailback. He showed off a strong arm at the Elite 11 in Atlanta.
McNeese State offered RB Sherman Badie and OL Brandon Godfrey (pictured below, right, with teammate Anthony Taylor) from defending 2A state champion John Curtis Christian. Badie hopes to lead Curtis to a state title at this weekend's state track meet. In other John Curtis news, sophomore CB Terrence Alexander visited Texas A&M last weekend, and the junior duo of RB Tevin Horton and LB Fred Beauford each bench-pressed 425 pounds at the Patriots' lift-a-thon (no, that's not a typo...the Pats have at least four players - Horton, Beauford, OL Anthony Taylor and LB Eric Thomas - who bench more than 400 lbs.) Thomas, a 5-foot-9, 230-pound wrecking ball at inside linebacker, throws the shot further than anyone in the state (nearly 60 feet). Taylor (6-7, 335, Jr.) is right behind him.
Mississippi State is the leader for safety Sergio Medina (Hahnville). Medina doesn't have any offers yet, but he has plenty of talent. He performed well at the U.S. Army Junior Combine in San Antonio.
McNeese also offered the St. Paul's duo of Jay Washington (safety) and Ed Duplessis (OLB). Duplessis also has an offer from North Texas. According to Washington, Louisiana Tech might pull the trigger on May 7th, the first day of spring practice for the Wolves. St. Paul's is our preseason No. 3 ranked team in Class 5A. The Covington school was the No. 1 seed in last year's 5A bracket but was shocked in the first round by No. 32 Central.
Former University Lab WR Tristan Cooper reportedly transferred to Florida power Plant High School. Plant went 14-1 and was highly-ranked (No. 14 in the nation) last year. Cooper is the son of former LSU DBs coach Ron Cooper, who took a new job in the NFL. There has been talk that Plant will participate in the Sugar Bowl Classic this fall along with Byrnes (South Carolina), St. Paul's and John Curtis. The matchups in the doubleheader have yet to be announced. Last year, John Curtis defeated Westgate in the opener, followed by St. Paul's thrilling 15-14 win over Acadiana in the nightcap.
Tulane nabbed its first commitment from Warren Easton offensive guard Jason Stewart (6-6, 330, Jr.). Details coming on Stewart's decision in the near future.
DL/OL Donovan McCray of McKinley High School in Baton Rouge was offered by Southern. He attended Mississippi State's spring game and says Bulldogs recruiter Greg Knox likes him on both sides of the ball. McCray was DL MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine 5-Star Showcase held at Zachary HS in March.
Parkway DT Antonio McGhee has offers from SMU and Louisiana Tech, among others.