University Lab Prospect Report

University Lab posted a 12-1 mark in 2011 and the Cubs are poised to make a run at the Class 2A crown and defending state champion John Curtis Christian. Read further as U-High head coach Chad Mahaffey talks about prospects Tim Williams (four-star DE), '14 OL/DL Garrett Brumfield (6-3, 275) and '15 RB Nicholas Brossette (6-0, 220).

University Lab's only loss last year came on the road at Calvary Baptist Academy in north Louisiana (Shreveport) in the 2A quarterfinals.

The Cubs are expected to be even stronger this year, despite the loss of WR Tristan Cooper, who transferred to Plant HS in Tampa, Florida.

Four-star defensive end Tim Williams has offers from all of the big-name programs in the south, and it's possible that he'll stay in Baton Rouge and play for LSU in college (University Lab is located on the LSU campus).

"We expect Tim to have an outstanding year," said University head coach Chad Mahaffey. "He has tremendous potential. He has offers from pretty much everybody in the country, and hopefully he'll continue to improve. We're excited to have him back for another year, although he's a pain in the butt for our offense during practice (laughter)."

Williams is joined up front by two-way (OT/DT) '14 prospect Garrett Brumfield, who reported his first offer recently from Louisiana Tech.

"Garrett has been a little under the radar, but that's expected when you have someone like Tim getting all the attention," said Mahaffey. "Garrett should be one of the better players in the state in his class (which is loaded).

"I think he'll likely wind up on the offensive line in college. He's a natural on the offensive side of the ball. He has a great skill set and is aggressive. He's a good drive blocker who has the prototype size."

Brumfield and freshman RB Nicholas Brossette both impressed at the National Underclassmen Combine 5-Star Showcase held earlier this year at Zachary High School north of Baton Rouge.

Brossette is already a two-year starter.

"He has accomplished a lot for such a young kid," said Mahaffey of the '15 back. "We haven't wanted to put too much on him as a young back, but he's been a starter for us since the eighth grade.

"He rushed for 1,500 yards last year, 1,000 yards the year before that, and is continuing to get stronger and faster."

Mahaffey has a sleeper prospect in the secondary with big potential.

"Jarrod Franklin is under the radar," he said. "Last year was his first year playing football, and he's a laser. He's 6-0, 193 pounds, and plays free safety for us. He's really physical. Every college coach that has come through during spring evaluation likes him. He runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, and he ran a leg on our 4 X 200 relay team that went to state."

University Lab will debut at No. 2 behind John Curtis when our preseason Class 2A rankings are released in the near future.

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