Tre'Davious White Shines at BMOC 7v7

There was an impressive array of talent on hand at Behrman Stadium yesterday on the West Bank of New Orleans for the Big Man On Campus 7-on-7 Tournament. The Louisiana Bootleggers Elite squad, coached by Jimmy Smith, erased a two-touchdown deficit against West Jefferson in the finals. Smith talked about the stellar play of CB Tre'Davious White and more inside.

The Louisiana Bootleggers Elite squad was expected to win the championship yesterday, but the all-star squad that includes three LSU commits had to claw back from behind to take home the first place hardware.

The Bootleggers Elite team stormed back in the finals to get past West Jefferson, which used TE Draper Riley to its advantage in building an early lead.

"The tight end from West Jeff was giving us matchup problems, so Dondre Dobbins stepped up and covered him, and pretty much shut him down," said Smith.

"Dobbins ('13 Scotlandville safety) can make plays. He convinced me to let him go in at wide receiver once yesterday, and he caught a fade when he went into the game."

Smith spread praise around his roster, starting with Tre'Davious White (LSU commit from Green Oaks HS in north Shreveport).

"White has as much ability as any cornerback I've ever worked with at these events," said Smith. "He's very advanced and has tremendous technique.

"What he did for us at corner yesterday rivals what Odell Beckham (currently at LSU) did for us at receiver a couple of years ago."

White made the drive down from northwest Louisiana, while fellow LSU commit John Diarse (four-star safety) made the trip from the northeast portion of the state (Monroe).

"Diarse (pictured at bottom) catches everything," said Smith. "He's probably best suited to safety on the next level. He doesn't have great speed, but he has a good burst."

Jeryl Brazil, the speedster from 3A Loranger High School in the Florida Parishes, is another LSU pledge.

"Brazil had his spring game on Saturday, and so we wanted to take it easy on him," explained Smith. "He's definitely a football player. He seems like he'll be a corner at LSU."

Three-star WR Shelby Christy (6-3, 185) from Dutchtown drew a wave of praise from Smith.

"He's a kid who people aren't talking about as much as some others, but he impressed me," said Smith of Christy. "He had half of our touchdowns. At times he was uncoverable."

QB Shane McCarley drove in from Manvel, Texas, to call signals. In 2011, McCarley led Manvel to a 15-1 mark and a state runner-up finish (to Aledo and five-star RB Johnathan Gray) in Class 4A Division II.

He threw for nearly 2,000 yards with 23 TDs and only three picks last fall.

"Shane drove in to New Orleans just for this event," said Smith. "He's mastered 7-on-7 and won state titles in it in Texas.

"With his ball-placement, the way he makes throws before the receivers even come out of their cuts, some wide receivers could struggle because they aren't used to it, but our guys didn't yesterday.

"Shane played lights out for us. He played as good as any quarterback I've ever seen at a 7-on-7."

Smith closed with commentary about a few more players.

"Darian Claiborne (four-star LB/QB from Port Allen) told me he's an athlete, and he didn't disappoint," said Smith. "He has good instincts in coverage and I just like his overall attitude. He kept the defensive unit going.

"Larry Clark ('13 WR from Scotlandville) didn't drop a ball."

Smith says his team should have more depth for nationals.

"Desean Smith (Barbe TE) is coming off surgery and he should be cleared to play by then," said Smith. "Jeremy Cutrer (DB and LSU commit from Jewel Sumner HS) had a family obligation, and he should be joining us next time, too."

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