Edna Karr has Talent

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Scout saw some very talented prospects at Edna Karr on Monday and you can find out what each one does best here in this feature.

Edna Karr has a couple of the top 2013 prospects in Louisiana and their 2014 class could be even better.

Tight end Standish Dobard and cornerback Noel Ellis headline the 2013 class and wide receiver Devante Noil and Gerald Willis will be two of the best in the country in 2014.

Head Coach Jabbar Juluke knows he has some nice talent to coach there at Edna Karr.

"I have been head coach here for 10 years now and we have been fortunate to have talent here," said Coach Juluke. "Guys in the past like Patrick Surtain and Munchie Legaux and many others set a great foundation for us and I think that has led others to want to play at Edna Karr. We have some great coaches that work hard, all played college football, and the kids know we have high expectations for them on and off the field."

Dobard is a Hurricane.
The talent level is high there now and one of Juluke's top prospects is a big tight end that will be playing his college ball at Miami.

"Standish is going to be a very good college player because he can block, catch, and run. He is very athletic for a guy his size and he still has room to improve, so he is not one of those guys that has topped out or anything either."

Scout has Dobard ranked as the no. five tight end in America and Juluke knew early that this 6-foot-5, 245 pound athlete was going to be special.

"I would say that we saw his talent when he was in the tenth grade. He mainly blocked his first two years, then he became more of a receiver between his tenth and eleventh grade year. He has really started to come into his own and he has still has a lot of room to grow."

Dobard is heading to play in the ACC and his teammates Noel Ellis is heading to play in the SEC. This Texas A&M commitment is a quiet leader back there in the secondary.

"Noel is a cornerback with good ball skills and a very intelligent corner. He may not be the fastest corner, but he has great technique, he is very smart, and he is one of the best corners out there. He loves to compete, he is a real competitor, and that is one thing that makes him different."

Noil is a versatile athlete.
Ellis is currently the no. 27 cornerback in the country.

A prospect Ellis has to compete against in practice is Devante Noil.

Noil is a versatile junior that plays mostly quarterback for Edna Karr, but Scout projects him as a wide receiver on the next level.

This 5-foot-11, 175 pound can make plays and he is known as 'Speedy' for a reason.

"He has been timed in the 40 yard dash in 4.35 seconds and he can run," said Coach Juluke. "He can play inside or outside receiver and he is a thick receiver that can play.

"He is such an explosive kid and the thing I like most about Speedy is, nobody is going to outwork him. He works like he is the worst kid on the team. He is always out to prove something to someone and he is one of those kids that comes along once every 10 years."

Noil is all but a lock to be a member of the Scout300 when the 2014 rankings come out and one of his teammates will be right there with him.

He is the younger brother of Louisiana's top prospect in 2012, Alabama signee Landon Collins.

Willis could play DT or DE.
"Gerald just has a knack for the big play and he plays hard. He plays hard in the games, in practice, and he only has one speed. He is nasty and he likes to get after people. He doesn't take plays off and he tries to get better each day."

The 6-foot-4, 265 pound junior defensive lineman's motor can work for him and against him. The staff at Edna Karr is trying to change that.

"He is an excellent pass rusher and that comes with his motor and the way he likes to get after the quarterback. If there is a weakness to his game, it is playing the run, but he is not bad there either. We are working on him to show him that he has to play his assignments, just play with good technique, and to do what it takes to get to the next level."

Without question, he has what it takes to play at a very high level in college. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Texas, and others have offered Willis a scholarship. Alabama, Florida, and LSU are his top three.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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