Last night (Friday), the camp of four-star CB Noel Ellis from Edna Karr HS narrowed his top five and selected three - and then two programs - that have the current edge to land a commitment from the West Bank corner. Go inside to get the details and find out what else is happening around the state in our regular in-state recruiting feature.
According to Noel Ellis, Sr., former Tulane (and Edna Karr) star and father of four-star prospect Noel Ellis, his son has five current frontrunners: Texas A&M, Tennessee, Auburn, Nebraska and Colorado. The father said that Texas A&M, Tennessee and Auburn stand out, and that the SEC conference programs have a distinct advantage. He then proceeded to name the Aggies and Volunteers as the leaders of the pack. Edna Karr was the Class 4A state runner up in each of the past two seasons, and is my 4A No. 1 for the second straight year in the preseason top ten rankings that I compiled for this network.
As reported by Dudley Dawson and Steve Robertson from this network, the Arkansas Razorbacks got their second commitment when three-star TE Deondre Skinner (No. 22 tight end in the nation) pledged to the Razorbacks. Both of the Hogs' '13 commits came from Louisiana (RB Kaleb Blanchard-Denham Springs HS was the first), and both occurred since former head coach
Bobby Petrino was relieved of his duties. Skinner was tempted by an early offer from Mississippi State, but he favored Arkansas throughout out most of the recruiting process and pulled the trigger when the Hogs offered.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will likely roll out the red carpet if four-star LB Darian Claiborne from Port Allen makes an upcoming trip to Lincoln. The Huskers have been behind only A&M on Claiborne's recent leader board. Many LSU recruiting fans would love to see either Claiborne and/or Melvin Jones (Washington-Marion) get an offer. Both Claiborne and Jones are also the starting quarterbacks for their respective 3A and 4A playoff squads. Jones, as reported by Fox Sports/Scout.com Alabama recruiting guru Andrew Bone, recently reeled in an offer from Alabama.
'14 blue-chip OL Cameron Robinson (6-6, 315) from Class 5A Ouachita Parish got four huge offers within the span of a few days, according to reports from recruiting analysts Steve Robertson, Shea Dixon and Andrew Bone. LSU, Alabama, Texas and Mississippi State all jumped on board the race to sign what ultimately might be an NFL left tackle. It's a rarity for Texas to extend a legitimate offer to a '14 prospect in Louisiana.
Notre Dame, TCU and Florida were at University Lab (four-star DE Tim Williams, '14 OL/DL Garrett Brumfield, '15 RB Nicholas Brossette) last week, and USC, Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech stopped by the campus (at LSU) this week. Look for the Cubs to possibly attain the No. 2 spot ahead of Evangel Christian and Calvary Baptist (and Winnfield) when our preseason Class 2A Top 10 rankings are released. The preseason 5A and 4A Top 10 rankings have been posted on our network. 3A will be next, and there's a good chance that Parkview Baptist - which won state in '10 when PBS defeated RB Kenny Hilliard (LSU) and Patterson - will occupy the top slot in the rankings. If you're wondering who will be No. 1 in our preseason 2A rankings, it's defending state champ John Curtis Christian.
Garrett Brumfield, mentioned in the above paragraph, is a '14 OL/DL from University Lab, and his dad reported Garrett's first offer on Friday from Louisiana Tech. Mr. Brumfield (father) said Coach Perot from Louisiana Tech made the offer to the father when the two spoke at a University practice this week. Brumfield did extremely well at the National Underclassmen Combine events held earlier this year in Louisiana, and he's an athletic, lean, big guy (6-foot-2 to 6-3, 270-to-275 lbs.) who was responsible for opening the path for many of Brossette's (substantial amount of) yards. Brossette was a workhorse who has been a star on U-High's varsity since the eighth grade. He has a rare size and speed combo (6-0, 220, 4.6 to 4.68) for a sophomore and could turn out to be an elite recruit.
Memphis offered Scotlandville DT Tanzel Smart (6-2, 290, Jr.). That's Smart's fourth offer (North Texas, Tulane and Southern were first three). Scotlandville went 8-3 in 2011 and lost to Barbe in the first round of the 5A playoffs, 45-29. The Hornets are our preseason No. 5 in Class 5A under first-year head coach Eric Randall, a former star QB at local program Southern. Barbe, for the record, is No. 4.
LSU commit Jeryl Brazil (Loranger HS) defended his 3A state titles in both the 100 and 200 meters last weekend, as recruiting analyst Shea Dixon from this network reported. Brazil blitzed his way to first in the 100 with a time in the 10.35 neighborhood. The next-fastest sprinter in the 100, Jaquarius Conway of Carroll HS in Monroe, clocked a 10.84. In the 200, Brazil ran a 20.81 (second was Jalen Richardson of Madison Parish with 22:02).
Breaux Bridge and John Curtis Christian repeated as state track and field champs in 4A and 2A, respectively. It was Curtis' third straight outdoor state title. Breaux Bridge was paced by a pair of LSU football signees: WRs Travin Dural and Kavahra Holmes. Dural won the 200 (set a new PR with a 21.16), nipping district rival Jordan Lee from Northside HS in Lafayette. He also ran a leg of the first place 4 X 200 relay team (as did Holmes) and took third in the long jump. Holmes scorched the surface for a 46.18 in the 400 meters (Holmes was first, second was Reginald Williams of Broadmoor HS in Baton Rouge with 48.56). Holmes also ran a leg on Breaux Bridge's first-place 4 X 100 relay team.
Curtis sophomore Malachi Dupre seems to excel in all sports for the Patriots, and the wide receiver took home some hardware from the 2A meet Dupre was first in the triple jump, second in the high jump, and he earned points for the Patriots in the long jump (placing fourth). Dupre and Nebraska football signee Alonzo Moore from Winnfield HS went head-to-head in an intense duel in a couple of the jumps. Dupre was a key starter on the Patriots basketball team that, a couple of months ago, won the school's first-ever state title in that sport. He's a 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-2 jumping jack that should be able to make some big plays when defenses cheat up against Curtis' usually-conservative veer option offense. John Curtis, of course, routed Winnfield in the 2A state championship football contest last December, 33-3.
'13 OL Anthony Taylor (6-6 to 6-7, 335 lbs) moves very light on his feet for a mammoth offensive tackle who rarely has had to shuffle and pass block. He won the shot put for Curtis in the 2A meet and '13 LB Eric Thomas (5-9, 230) got fourth. Thomas, who bench-presses well over 400 pounds, had the best throw in the state (regardless of class) entering last weekend. Three-star LB Duke Riley won state in the discus and was followed by teammate Taylor (pictured below, left, with Godfrey, right) in fourth place. Riley also got fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Curtis '13 RB Sherman Badie (5-11 1/2, 190) also accounted for points at the state meet, and Badie is one of multiple Patriots who have scholarship offers from FBS programs. A few days ago, Badie got an offer from his leader, Tulane. His teammate, OL Brandon Godfrey (6-4, 280, Jr.), also has an offer from the Green Wave (and McNeese State). Badie has five offers, including Minnesota (his first), Memphis, North Texas and McNeese State. He was the team's leading rusher last year and averaged over 14 yards per carry.
John Curtis has so much talent that a few talented juniors have been overshadowed and are under the radar (and without their first offer). RB Tevin Horton, LB Fred Beauford, Thomas, Taylor, Brandon Porter (DB/LB/RB) and more will play college football at some level. Porter seems like a potential SS/LB or RB offer for North Texas (in the mold of '12 signee Mark Lewis from Livonia HS in southeast Louisiana), which has shown some interest and has mined the state extensively under recruiter Justin Gaines.
Three-star safety Trevell Dixon (pictured below, photo from last week) looked more natural at DB than expected when he took drills in pass coverage at West Saint Mary's first spring practice last Monday. Dixon was primarily a QB last year for head coach Ryan Antoine but is committed to Nebraska as a defensive back.
There's growing sentiment that Dixon has a good chance to nab an LSU offer at the Tigers' camp this summer. Dixon was originally recruited to Nebraska by current LSU DBs coach Corey Raymond, who was replaced in Lincoln by Terry Joseph. Raymond and Joseph are both Louisiana natives. West Saint Mary sent a player to LSU this year in OL/DL Jerald Hawkins.