6-3, 195-pound WR Maurice Moore out of Glenbrook Academy in Minden destroys competition in the Mississippi Private School Association. Read more about Moore and other top in-state 2014 sleepers inside...
Dutchtown WR Torrance Mosley (5-10, 155) -- Mosley is an athlete who can take it the distance at running back, or beat deep coverage as a receiver with his 4.41 speed. While he only has average size, Mosley is a good-looking player with a chance to be special.
Mosley can truly make something out of nothing. On his junior highlight tape (second play), Mosley takes the option pitch from QB Mason Nickens and appears corralled for a big loss, but he magically eludes a large pack of tacklers to step off substantial yardage.
Archbishop Shaw QB Quentin Gibson (6-2, 200) -- Gibson packed on almost 40 pounds over the past 12 months to fill out a previously skinny frame. He's on the national radar after positive showings at both the Dallas and Atlanta Elite 11. QB1sports.com instructor Craig Nall wrote the following on Twitter: "Q did look strong in Dallas and Atlanta. I worked both events and was impressed both weekends. Atta boy Q."
Gibson has an unorthodox delivery, but it gets results (32-of-48 for 503 yards with seven touchdowns vs. Jesuit). Louisiana Tech seemed certain to offer until head coach Sonny Dykes left for Cal. Gibson's older brother, DE Stephen Gibson, inked with Tech two years ago. TCU is exhibiting the most interest, according to Quentin.
Glenbrook Academy WR Maurice Moore (6-3, 195) -- (note: Moore transferred to Lakeside HS after this article was published) -- This physical specimen toils deep below the mainstream recruiting radar in the Mississippi Private School Association, where he faces overmatched competition. At any rate, Moore possesses the goods to deliver on the next level. He caught 35 passes for 968 yards (27.66 ypc) with 12 touchdowns for the Apaches. His overall ability is evident on film regardless of the level of competition. (Glenbrook and a handful of other Louisiana private schools compete in the MPSA)
Westgate DE Tae Thibodeaux (6-2, 255) -- This New Iberia standout cannot be deemed a true sleeper due to his three-star ranking (nation's No. 42 defensive end). Nevertheless, Thibodeaux continues to look for offer No. 1. He attended Southern Miss junior day on March 23rd and recorded 13 sacks last year. It's only a matter of time before Thibodeaux gets his due; his head coach, Ryan Antoine, does a phenomenal job of procuring offers for his players.
Hahnville CB Jamal Smith (5-11, 175) -- Corners with Smith's attributes rarely go unnoticed for long. Thus, the timing is perfect here for colleges that need assistance in the secondary. In mid-October, WWLTV.com bestowed "Prep Player of the Week" honors on Smith and three others in the metro area after he sparked Hahnville to a 26-16 victory in a district grudge match vs. East Saint John. Smith swiped two picks vs. ESJ, returning one for a 65-yard TD. He contributed nine tackles and broke up two more passes.
Catholic-New Iberia WR Gabe Fuselier (5-10, 175) -- Fuselier (pictured below) is one of the most athletic prospects in the state. He had the fastest 40-yard dash (laser-timed 4.45) and shuttle at the Houston Nike SPARQ Combine, and earned WR Co-MVP honors at the NUC 5-Star Showcase in Zachary.
He'll attend the Cajuns' spring game this weekend and hopes to secure his first offer from Coach Hud and company. Fuselier continued to shine last week at the IMG 7v7 in Tallahassee, where he helped the Louisiana Bootleggers to a semifinals appearance. Watch for him to challenge defending champ Chris Lewis (Lakeside) and John Curtis speedsters Sherman Badie and Richard Allen in the 100 at the outdoor 2A state track and field meet. He cruised to first in the 100 at the Tabasco Relays in New Iberia with a 10.9 (closest competitor, Acadiana's Malik Eugene, had an 11.2).
Homer QB Ryan Cooper (6-2, 185) -- Cooper dazzles under center (and at DB) for the Pelicans. He rushed for approximately 1,500 yards and intercepted five passes in 2012. He seems to be a natural fit for the Cajuns, who signed DE Demeatre Casey from Homer this year.
Acadiana QB DeEdward Cormier (6-0, 175) -- As a sophomore, Cormier was excellent at cornerback for head coach Ted Davidson. He moved to quarterback last year and did nice work directing his team's split-back veer attack. Has a brother (RB Edward Cormier) in the same grade (but they're not twins).
John Curtis Christian RB Raekwon James (5-9, 175) -- James caught the eye of national recruiting analyst Greg Powers at the Dallas NFTC. He has uncanny strength (365-pound bench). James was named MVP of the 2011 2A state title game after scoring two TDs in a 33-3 rout of Winnfield. He has accumulated almost 1,200 yards rushing with 20 TDs over the past two years. Shares carries with George Moreira, another talented 2014 back who is largely under-the-radar (Louisiana Tech offer).
East Jefferson RB Ronald Green (6-0, 205) -- Green, who boasts an attractive size/speed combo, went for over 1,000 yards with 20 TDs in 2012. He attended Southern Miss junior day with teammate Eugene Wells (5-9, 185), another top sleeper. Wells plays QB for the Warriors but is expected to man the slot in college. Wells tallied 2,000 yards (combined rushing and passing) and led East Jeff in both categories, as well as scoring.
Gabe Fuselier, shown below (left in pic) with teammate Jason Pellerin (middle) and Loreauville WR Rhashid Bonnette. Pellerin and Bonnette are budding blue-chip sophomores.