LSU Camp: 7v7, OL/DL

LSU reeled in its first commit of the 2014 class today from Florida product Kain Daub (MLB), who was participating in the Tigers' 7v7 tourney with the Louisiana Bootleggers Elite team. Could the Bootleggers produce another LSU pledge from an out-of-state, high profile 2014 defender such as DB Brandon Simmons?

LSU fans have been looking forward to getting their initial commit of the 2014 class, and it happened this evening when Sunshine State product Kain Daub of Nease HS in St. Augustine (FL) chose the Tigers over reported offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Ohio State, Florida, Florida St., Miami, South Carolina and UCLA.

Daub, projected as an MLB, is listed at 6-3, 215 lbs., although he appeared to be playing closer to 225 to 230 on Saturday for the Louisiana Bootleggers Elite team, which won first place at the LSU 7v7 tourney following an unblemished (5-0) stretch that featured victories over McDonogh #35, St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.), Plaquemine, O.P. Walker and Edna Karr. was on hand for the "Bootleggers Elite" team's first three victories of the day, which came outside on the LSU practice fields. According to Bootleggers Elite head coach Jimmy Smith, his team defeated McDonogh #35, 32-6. The next game was a 32-20 decision over 4A Catholic school St. Aug, which includes "All-World" '14 tailback Leonard Fournette (105 offers).

In the Bootleggers Elite vs. St. Aug game, "Bootleggers" CB/WR Jeryl Brazil, an LSU commit and four-star prospect out of Loranger (La.) High School, suffered a bruised thigh or knee and was out for the rest of that game, as well as the third. He was doubtful for games four and five. Brazil incurred the bruise when he collided with a Purple Knight (identity unknown at press time); the latter reportedly broke his ankle.

Fournette, who is coveted by every program in the country, looked rock-solid at 6-2 and approximately 225 to 240 lbs. He's lean enough - and in good enough condition - where it was difficult to tell if he had gained weight from a previously-listed (spring) 227 lbs.

LSU fans will be interested in the fact that St. Aug head coach Cyril Crutchfield, a well-known (former Port Sulphur and South Plaquemines boss) and high profile figure in his first year at the helm of the Purple Knights, appeared friendly - if not "chummy" - in his sideline discussion with Tigers DBs coach Corey Raymond (also in his first year, following a stint at Nebraska). Some fans of the Tigers have been wary of Crutchfield when it comes to Fournette's recruitment - due to Crutchfield's relationship with Sylve and Alabama recruiter Burton Burns (Crescent City native).

Both Burns and LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson oversee the RBs at their respective programs, and both are from New Orleans.

The Louisiana Bootleggers Elite team, which produced LSU's first commit in the '14 class (Daub) could be the source of LSU's second (and maybe third) pledge of that group, too.

The Bootleggers, which included current '13 commitments Tre'Davious White (CB/WR from Green Oaks-Shreveport), John Diarse (WR/S/QB from 4A state champ Neville-Monroe) and Brazil, also included Texas '14 DBs Brandon Simmons and Edward Paris (both from Mansfield Timberview) and Tony Brown (Beaumont Ozen); all have offers from LSU.

The Tigers (and Coach Raymond in the secondary) have "placed themselves in good position, for sure," with Simmons, according to his father, Kashann Simmons, who coaches the Bootleggers Elite 7v7 team along with Jimmy Smith. It's widely-believed that Simmons and Paris will commit to the same school.

Coaches Raymond and (Steven) Ensminger are forming a cohesive bond with the Simmons family.

Brown, who has 4.34 speed, did get beat a couple of times in coverage on Saturday. The Bootleggers had trouble guarding former teammate Hakeem Deggs, the '13 all-purpose (WR/RB) player from Plaquemine (La.) who suited up with his home school (4A Green Devils). At the recent IMG Nationals in Florida, Deggs played with the Bootleggers.

"I had three touchdowns (vs. the Bootleggers)," said Deggs, who almost sparked Plaquemine to an upset (the Bootleggers held off the Green Devils, 31-28). "I had four or five in the first game".

Deggs is still waiting on his first offer (SMU offered under ex-WRs coach Jeff Reinebold). His teammate, '14 DE Davon Godchaux, was at the OL/DL camp. Godchaux, up close and in-person, looks to be in the 6-3 to 6-4 range (listed at 6-4) and approximately 240 to 250 lbs. Godchaux looked solid.

LSU commit (John) Diarse flashed sticky hands repeatedly across the middle. He got under the skin of opponents with hands-on, physical coverage that provoked verbal exchanges with McDonogh #35 WRs. We were told a couple of interesting things about McDonogh #35 '13 OL Kenneth Santa Marina: first, a source stated that Marina has been a silent commit to Alabama for months and it will be announced tomorrow. Second, we were told by another New Orleans metro area source (within the hour) that Tulane solidly leads for Santa Marina.

The Bootleggers were pleased were to welcome back Manvel (TX) QB Shane McCarley, who led the team to first place at the BMOC 7v7 but was absent for nationals (due to a scheduling conflict with his Manvel team).

On Saturday, McCarley's mom and dad were both present. They lend a great deal of vocal support to their son, who already has plenty of well-deserved confidence (to accompany several offers).

McCarley is said to favor Louisiana Tech, which has offered along with Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Old Dominion, Appalachian State and McNeese State. He clicked often with receivers Tre'Davious White (LSU commit), Desean Smith (LSU commit and four-star TE from Barbe-Lake Charles), Diarse, Donald Gage (Houston commit and Zachary WR) and Larry Clark (Scotlandville WR with Southern offer).

In game one (vs. McDonogh #35), McCarley fired a strike to White on the left side for a TD after White burned the CB in one-on-one coverage

Shortly thereafter, McCarley hooked up with Smith (6-4 to 6-5 range) on a play where the latter made a heckuva grab.

Standouts for McDonogh #35, which reached the 2011 4A quarters and beat St. Aug twice, included '14 safety B.J. Blunt (6-2, 200) and '13 RB Isaac Brroks (1,000 yards rushing last year; stepped up big after '13 sleeper Carlos Henderson was sidelined early in the year for the duration of the season).

In the second half vs. McDonogh #35, McCarley displayed great patience, hitting Diarse repeatedly in the middle of the field on conservative gains that eventually paved the pathways for big yardage on the outside to White. On one play, McCarley threaded the needle downfield to White along the left sideline. On the ensuing play, the Texan rolled right and found White again. That set up a jump ball TD in the end zone for Smith (which was wiped out after the big Barbe TE was flagged for pushing off).

After the penalty was marked off, McCarley promptly dropped back and drilled another TD pass to White, who is an LSU fan favorite (along with Brazil and Westgate OL Josh Boutte).

The Bootleggers were bolstered by the play of '13 Walker RB/WR/DB Carlton Perkins, who is considering offers from Minnesota, North Texas, Memphis, the Ragin' Cajuns and more. Perkins would like to get an offer from LSU and/or Nebraska. He wants to visit Nebraska, which lost Coach Raymond but replaced him with another Louisiana native in Terry Joseph (came over the from the Tenn. staff).

Dondre Dobbins from Scotlandville, like Diarse, played mind games with his opponents (foes of the Bootleggers). Dobbins, who got his first offer recently from Southern, could blow up. He has straight line speed (which is the supposed knock on him). In the BMOC 7v7, Dobbins was the primary person responsible for neutralizing West Jefferson TE Draper Riley (6-4, 245, Southern Miss commit) in the finals. Riley's early TD catch helped the Bucs to an early two-touchdown advantage over the Bootleggers, who eventually rallied with McCarley making the throws on offense.

Dobbins had some big jams of WRs at the line of scrimmage on Saturday.

A promising 2016 OL/DL we learned about was Kellton Hollins (6-2, 255) from Zachary. His dad, Leroy, looks like he could still play a mean DE at 6-4, 240. Hollins made one of the three U.S. 15-and-under teams (Red, White and Blue squads of 50 players each...Hollins played for the White).

Brazil and the St. Aug player weren't the only ones involved in hard-hitting collisions. Four-star Edna Karr TE Standish Dobard (6-4 to 6-5, appeared in the 250-pound range), a Miami commit, went down hard after knocking heads with a Westgate defender (who also went down hard). With Dobard still getting back to full strength during the rest of the Karr/Westgate game, Karr turned to '14 star Devante Noil (aka "Speedy"), who was playing WR instead of his usual QB.

Speedy, who has an offer from LSU as an athlete, made multiple nice grabs and displayed substantial gains in upper-body strength from last year (as did teammate Noel Ellis, the '13 CB and Texas A&M commit). Karr's undersized WR - Rasheed Davis - showed reliable, steady hands. Westgate was led by '13 S Trevontae Williams and '13 CB Tyland Gregoire (had a pick vs. Karr).

Coach Smith said the Bootleggers squared off with O.P. Walker and Karr (in the semis and finals, respectively) on University High's field, which is located just behind (directly across the street) from LSU's practice facilities.

Notre Dame of Crowley head coach Lewis Cook is pleased with transfer WR Marcus Garrett, a 2013 who transferred from McKinney (TX). His dad played at Texas A&M.

Daub played well, according to Coach Jimmy Smith, but needs to continue improving on his drops and coverage. Desean Smith (no relation to Jimmy) had yet another clutch reception in game three vs. Plaquemine. He bobbled the ball initially in tight red-zone coverage but recovered and snatched it decisviely out of the air for six points. Diarse had a catch smack-dab in the middle of a cluster of three defenders.

2014 Central (La.) WR/DB Donald Lewis was a new face for the Bootleggers who drew praise from Coach Smith.

Among the OL/DL, University Lab stud '14 OL Garrett Brumfield was disappointed that he measured in at 6-foot-2 1/2. Brumfield believes he is much closer to the 6-foot-4 range. He has offers from Florida, Miami and Louisiana Tech - and dominated camps with the Gators and Hurricanes (brought home offers immediately from each camp).

Many (La.) '15 OL Garrett Thomas looked limber. He appears closer to 6-5, 270, than to 6-6 and 290 lbs., but Thomas is still big. He might go to Alabama later this week.

'14 OL Hunter Perrin (Hahnville) was present. Perrin was compared to '13 Brother Martin (New Orleans, La.) OL Ryan Hoefeld (Florida St. commit) at the Seminoles' camp.

'14 OL/DL La'Allan Clark (Scotlandville), younger brother of Bootlegger Larry Clark, also passed the eye test. He could stand to get taller, though (in the 6-2 range).

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